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The Book of Henry (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 23 June 2017 (USA)
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With instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather.

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Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila. Her younger son Peter is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan's older son Henry, age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother - and, through investments, of the family as a whole - Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry's kind classmate Christina, has a dangerous secret - and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it. Written by Focus Features

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Never leave things undone.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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23 June 2017 (USA)  »

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Henry'nin Kitabi  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,424,540 (USA) (16 June 2017)

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$4,219,536 (USA) (7 July 2017)
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Director Colin Trevorrow said he first read a version of the screenplay, that was "much more of a black comedy", but he "wasn't really interested" in making such a movie, therefore it was changed. See more »

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Henry is seen using a payphone to make stock trades. He is using fractions. While it could be just his personality/condition, US markets switched to decimals on April 9, 2001. Later in the movie the doctor shows the MRI scan on a tablet to advanced for pre-2001. See more »

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Susan Carpenter: I didn't want things to get violent.
Henry Carpenter: Violence isn't the worst thing in the world.
Susan Carpenter: What is then?
Henry Carpenter: Apathy.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Touching, special but unbelievable at times
29 September 2017 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a genius young boy who takes care of his single mother and his younger brother in almost every aspect of life. He embarks on helping the neighbour girl from suspected abuse, and comes with a detailed action plan.

I enjoyed the first half of "The Book of Henry" very much. It is almost amazing to see boy who is so bright and knows basically everything there is to know. He is mature and wise. The tragedy in the middle is sad, and touches heartstrings. The second half gets a bit out of hand, as the detailed plan is rather unbelievable. Would a child honestly ask his mother to do that task? He should be clever enough to know the consequences of that for the mother.

Despite that, the film has a good story. It is also great to see the combination of Jacob Tremblay from "Room", and Jaeden Lieberher fresh from "It". and I enjoyed watching it.


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