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The Book of Henry is a catastrophically awful film. Everyone should see it
It had the star-wattage and the slick presentation, the money behind it, the talent on screen, the entire infrastructure of a major studio available to keep everything on course, and you have to wonder why The Book of Henry went so catastrophically wrong. Because this fiasco is Razzie -bound and no fooling. The acting is tone-deaf, the cast works without an ounce of organic cohesion or conviction, emotions are either ersatz or unearned. To borrow from Hunter S Thompson on Richard Nixon, it is a triumph of the twisted gene and the broken chromosome, misconceived at a molecular-genetic level, ruined in the womb, born dead. Everything about it is lazy and ill-wrought. Its central figure is that most tiresome trope, the year-old child genius Henry, played by Jaeden Lieberher , as lazy a short-cut narrative device as Google and the smartphone. Henry dies — agonisingly — of a tumour, but not before he has written the titular red tome, an intricately devised scheme to get rid of the abuser next door.
It was released in theaters by Focus Features on June 16, , and received generally negative reviews from critics, mostly focused on the film's plot twists and tonal shifts, and Trevorrow's direction, although the cast received some praise.
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Sign in. Watch now. Title: The Book of Henry A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.