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Jesus Henry Christ (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy | April 2011 (USA)
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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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Mother Herman
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Tom Herman
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Jimmy Herman
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Protest Little Girl
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Protest Mother
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Henry is a precocious young boy, conceived in a petri-dish, raised by his single mother, Patricia, and is smarter than all of his peers. However, the one question he can't answer is, who is his father? Henry's attempts at locating his father lead him to Dr. Slavkin O'Hara, a university professor who has decided to raise his daughter, Audrey, as a psychology experiment in a world free of gender bias. Patricia starts fearing that she's losing her son, Audrey wishes she didn't have a father, Dr. O'Hara has no idea how to keep his daughter happy, and Henry may just have found the family he was looking for. Written by napierslogs

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Finding yourself can be a group effort.

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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$8,065 (USA) (22 April 2012)

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$20,183 (USA) (3 June 2012)
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Henry James Herman: Why are any of us here? What is the purpose of our being?
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Version of Jesus Henry Christ (2003) See more »

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Waltz #2 in A flat, Op. 34/1 Waltz Brillante
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by George Lepauw (piano)
Produced by Max Anisimov
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It's fun, it's quirky, and it's endlessly watchable
4 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I liked this film from the moment we witness a potted history of Patricia's childhood. Patricia is Henry's mum and Henry is a kind of genius. He is certainly different but who wouldn't be with a mum like Patricia? The relationship between mum and son is a delightful watch as is Henry's growing urge to find his father. And there is Uncle Stan another character of infinite eccentricity for us to enjoy.

The beauty of this film is that it doesn't take itself seriously and neither do the characters and yet they are all tangible enough for us to like. It echoes life it really does. When Henry discovers his real background and the identity of the sperm donor then enter Audrey, his half sister, and another lovable quirky character with an equal flair for genius.

This is a film made for the many eccentricities you can wring out of such a wacky group of characters not by making cheap fun but by genuinely exploring where these people might go with their lives. It is fun, it is funny, and its ninety odd minutes seem to fly by and so it has to be doing something right.


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