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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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El libro secreto de Henry  »

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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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Big screen debut of Maddie Ziegler. See more »

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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 to advanced for pre-2001. See more »

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Susan Carpenter: Okay... Fuck it!
Peter Carpenter: You're not supposed to swear in front of me.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Gladiformers (2017) See more »

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Melbourne
Written by Henry Krips
Performed by Henry Wagons
Courtesy of Henry Wagons
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Not as bad as everyone is saying it is
15 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The acting is good, it's competently shot, and has a nice location. The real problems are with this movie is it's tone and the adult characters. At first feels like a fun family movie but then turns into a dark, depressing Jason Bourne style thriller next. And all the adults are morons, especially the mom. Not a gigantic load of garbage but not amazing either.


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