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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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Colin Trevorrow

Writer:

Gregg Hurwitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Susan Carpenter
Jaeden Martell ... Henry Carpenter (as Jaeden Lieberher)
Jacob Tremblay ... Peter Carpenter
Sarah Silverman ... Sheila
Dean Norris ... Glenn Sickleman
Lee Pace ... Dr. David Daniels
Maddie Ziegler ... Christina
Tonya Pinkins ... Principal Wilder
Bobby Moynihan ... John
Geraldine Hughes ... Mrs. Evans
Maxwell Simkins ... Tommy (as Max Simkins)
Jackson Nicoll ... Morris
Donnetta Lavinia Grays ... Nurse Leah
Joel Marsh Garland ... Big Ed
Wass Stevens ... Gary
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Storyline

Juggling a job as a waitress and raising two boys on her own--little Peter, and the 11-year-old child prodigy, Henry--the single mother, Susan Carpenter, has a somewhat chaotic life, depending on Henry to manage the household's finances. However, things will take an unexpected turn, when Henry's innocent crush on the beautiful girl next door and hopeful ballet dancer, Christina, unveils a cruel and shocking revelation, dragging Susan in the middle of a dark conspiracy. Will the Carpenters take the law into their own hands; moreover, what's written inside Henry's little red book? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never leave things undone.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Book of Henry See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,424,540, 18 June 2017

Gross USA:

$4,504,974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,596,705
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Naomi Watts and Jaeden Martell also worked together in St. Vincent (2014). See more »

Goofs

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 too advanced for pre-2001. See more »

Quotes

Henry Carpenter: [on his tumour] I assumed it was just headaches.
Henry Carpenter: [on a post death narration] Don't worry mom... I'm with you every step of the way.
Henry Carpenter: [dying as his mother holds him] Mommy... Mommy... get me to the window... I want to see the sky.
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Alternate Versions

The film was shot for the Univisium aspect ratio of 2.00:1, but was presented theatrically in the standard 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The Univisium ratio is preserved on the home video release of the film. See more »

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The Book of Henry: Not what I expected, in a good way
31 May 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

I went into The Book Of Henry expecting essentially a kids film, I guess by the title I figured this would be something akin to Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010). I was wrong, I was really really wrong.

The Book of Henry is a masterful clever title that isn't for kids and I wouldn't even say is suitable "Family" viewing. It tells the story of a single mum with her two children, she's essentially failing at life and the eldest of her two sons (Still a little boy) is the man of the house. He's a child genius and his mother depends on him to an overwhelming extent. He begins to fear his friend next door is being abused by her father so sets about a powerful intricate plan but things don't go to plan and the whole film goes in a direction I certainly did not forsee.

A true tour de force The Book of Henry had me gripped with it's remarkable plot and strong performances, by the half way point I expected this to potentially be another 10 but sadly it fell short.

Don't get me wrong The Book of Henry is a good film, it's clever, it's witty, it's unpredictable and it's heartfelt but somewhere along the way it falls short of greatness.

It's tone is inconsistent and it would be very hard for me to narrow down a demographic, it's similiar to The Lovely Bones (2009) in it's dark overtones but oddly quaint imagery.

Well made and certainly an original piece this perhaps should have been better but regardless is a sweet little film.

The Good:

Unpredictible

Powerful stuff

The Bad:

Fails to truly deliver on its potential

Not sure Watts was the best casting choice

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Not every child actor makes me want to dive into the screen and slap them repeatedly. Most, but not all.

Naomi Watts tends to pick movies that are simply too good for her


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