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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 »

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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

In an interview with Chris Stuckmann, Colin Trevorrow said the screenplay was 20 years old. 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

Sheila: Hank.
Henry Carpenter: It's actually Henry. I think you'd be able to retain at least one simple name somewhere beyond that haircut.
Sheila: Nice goggles. They go well with your misshapen head.
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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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) See more »

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Remains with me long after viewing
7 December 2017 | by 2001ASOfanSee all my reviews

While rating and writing reviews about more recent similar films (I'm writing this in December, 2017) like Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird," the Julia Roberts vehicle "Wonder," and Brooke Shields' turn in "Daisy Winters" (all films about young people struggling to cope with a variety of obstacles as they try to find their place in the world), I realized I was comparing them to how I felt when I exited viewing "The Book of Henry." I hadn't realized until now just how much "Henry" has stuck with me long after viewing, so I was surprised to find in checking my list of reviews written I had rated "Henry" but not written a review of it. I'm doing so now to alert those who may be wondering whether it's worth their time that it is, as I know it has gotten mixed reviews and didn't do well financially in theaters--but I'm also going to refrain from writing about any plot points or spoilers, as I was lucky enough to see "Henry" without knowing anything about it, not having even seen an advance trailer, and I recommend the same for you as the best way to see it: knowing nothing about any of its twists or even its core story. I found the cast perfect, in an ensemble kind of way, and remember the warmth and kindness generated by the film overall as I exited the theater. It has turned out to be one of my favorite films of the year, and I want to make sure to say so here because it was so terribly under-appreciated on its initial release, and barely seen by anyone, making it one of those films that, in my opinion, many people will be discovering on streaming or on DVD, and, after then watching it and enjoying it, wondering why they hadn't heard of it when it was released in theaters. It truly fits the "under-appreciated gem" label so many of these kinds of character-study films eventually end up with.


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