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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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$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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While critics have remarked on the film's references to early-period Steven Spielberg, director Colin Trevorrow does not consider himself a personal fan of Spielberg's work. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Emoji Movie (2017) See more »

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"Violence isn't the worst thing in the world"
18 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Book of Henry" is definitely not for people who like taut, coherent, logical plots devoid of standard clichés. As others have noted, it's really all over the place, and its mix of silly comedy and tear-jerker tragedy, realism and fantasy, cuteness and horror, and so forth doesn't exactly pan out in the end. Still, if you enjoy films that are simply different experiences, emotionally stirring even if they require you to heavily suspend disbelief, perhaps lay it aside altogether, this film will probably prove worth seeing, and you may really love it. It certainly keeps your attention with numerous surprises and much suspense. Fine acting by Naomi Watts and just about everyone else, along with some stunning scenery of the upstate NY setting, also help this film. I am glad to have seen "The Book of Henry" and would like to give it a higher rating, but with all its issues, I just can't.


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