Jesus Henry Christ (2011)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy

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At the age of ten, Henry James Herman, a boy who was conceived in a petri-dish and raised by his feminist mother, follows a string of Post-It notes in hopes of finding his biological father.

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  • Toni Collette, Michael Sheen, Samantha Weinstein, and Jason Spevack in Jesus Henry Christ (2011)
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  • Toni Collette, Michael Sheen, and Jason Spevack in Jesus Henry Christ (2011)

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17 August 2016 | SnoopyStyle
| over-the-top eccentric muddle
Patricia Herman (Toni Collette) is a militant feminist living with her father Stan. She expected a girl but had a baby boy instead. Henry James Herman (Jason Spevack) is smarter than the other kids. One thing he doesn't know is his father. He's a test tube baby. He befriends professor Dr. Slavkin O'Hara (Michael Sheen) who raised his daughter Audrey (Samantha Weinstein) without gender bias and wrote about it as a psychology experiment. Audrey is picked on at school. Dr. O'Hara lost his wife to his oncologist even after taking her name. Henry tells them that Dr. O'Hara is his sperm donor father and the four begin an awkward family but he may not be the father after all.

The movie spends every moment creating eccentric wacky characters. It pushes too hard and ends up draining it of its humor. There is a good relationship with the two young leads. Weinstein has a simmering anger while Spevack has the odd loner sensibility. The bigger adult names are restricted by their characters. Writer/director Dennis Lee would be better giving these characters time to develop their relationships together rather than setting them up with every crazy story elements possible.

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Toni Collette was pregnant with her son, Arlo, while filming. Her son was born the same month the film was released, April 2011.


Henry James Herman: Why are any of us here? What is the purpose of our being?


Written by
Alex Ebert (as Alexander Ebert) and Jade Castrinos (as Jesse Castinos)
Performed by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Published by Chrysalis Music o/b/o Itself and Caravan Touchdown (ASCAP) and Chrysalis Songs o/b/o Jadey Rae (BMI)
Courtesy of Vagrant Records and Community Music


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