Hit So Hard

  • P David Ebersole (2011)
  • US
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This eye-opening but disjointed documentary charts the life and hard times of Patty Schemel, once the drummer in Courtney Love's multi-platinum-selling band Hole, whose fall from grace and spiralling drug addictions led to homelessness and prostitution. Schemel guides us through her troubles in a series of contemporary interviews, interspersed with reams of home-movie footage she shot during her rock star heyday of the mid-1990s. Although he's been gifted an engaging and frequently hilarious subject, director P David Ebersole arguably spends too much screen time recapping the previously well-chronicled story of Love and her husband, the late Kurt Cobain, with Patty often reduced to a bystander. When the film does (eventually) focus of Schemel herself, it provides a fascinating insight into the pressures of the music business and a cautionary tale of life in the fast lane.

Cast and crew

Cast

Patty Schemel
Patty Schemel
Courtney Love
Courtney Love
Eric Erlandson
Eric Erlandson
Melissa Auf der Maur
Melissa Auf der Maur
Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Crew

Director
P David Ebersole

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Peccadillo Pictures
Released 16 Nov 2012