Geek Review: Hearts Beat Loud

Having time off means I can get out to the local arthouse for some smaller releases.

That’s why I got to see Hearts Beat Loud, a nice little comedy-drama starring Nick Offerman.

Offerman plays Frank Fisher.  Frank runs a vinyl record store that’s going out of business in the New York City region.  His daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is leaving to go to college on the West Coast to study to become a doctor.  Frank used to be a professional musician, and though his career was never all that great, he does still love music and when he convinces Sam to have a “jam night,” they manage to record a song Sam wrote and on a whim Frank uploads it to Spotify.  When the song may be becoming something of a hit, Frank and Sam work together with Frank’s dreams of being a musician intruding on Sam’s own goal of becoming a doctor.

This was just a nice little film, acting mostly as a character study of Frank.  Sure, Sam has her own plot involving a burgeoning relationship between herself and another young woman, but most of the plot deals with Frank and his relationship with both his daughter and music that he loves so much.  Offerman is brilliant here.  Normally, he plays variations on his Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson, a taciturn guy with a deadpan delivery and some sort of authoritarian vibe.  Here we see another side to the actor.  Frank is a guy with an unrealistic dream, irresponsible in many ways, and prone to dad jokes.  It’s a delightful turn from Offerman.  Including supporting performances from Toni Collette, Ted Danson, and Blythe Danner, Hearts Beat Loud was a fun diversion.  Nine out of ten surprisingly nice songs.


Defender of the faith, contributing writer, debonair man-about-town.

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