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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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Dennis Lee

Writers:

Dennis Lee (screenplay), Dennis Lee (short film)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Collette ... Patricia Herman
Michael Sheen ... Dr. Slavkin O'Hara
Jason Spevack ... Henry James Herman
Hannah Brigden Hannah Brigden ... Young Patricia Herman
Frank Moore ... Stan Herman
Sarah Orenstein ... Mother Herman
Jamie Johnston ... Young Billy Herman
Mark MacDonald ... Tim Herman
Mickey MacDonald ... Tom Herman
Cameron Kennedy ... Jimmy Herman
Lucca Tilbenny-Agate Lucca Tilbenny-Agate ... Protest Little Girl
Peggi Tilbenny Peggi Tilbenny ... Protest Mother
Kevin Hare ... Delivery Room Doctor
Jack Newman Jack Newman ... Stan's Cohort #1
Jack Jessop Jack Jessop ... Stan's Cohort #2
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Storyline

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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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Origem da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,065, 22 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,183, 3 June 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

I Want To Be Where You Are
Written by Paul Singerman
Performed by The Freddy Green Orchestra ft Jan Elson
Published by Paul Singerman (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Singerman Entertainment
By Arrangement with The Talent House
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An Unconventional Gem
20 April 2012 | by TroyeEvansSee all my reviews

It is movies like this that reminds me of the sweetness of little films off the mainstream. And this very film, it is one that captures innocent adolescence and somewhat touches moral standards. But to put it simply, it is intriguing story-telling that really moves me.

This is not a standard film. There is hardly a way to compare, nor is comparison required if you ask me. My sole impression is that it is a feel-good and relaxing movie, mostly comedic with seemingly unrelated silliness, yet it also possesses the qualities of an inspiring drama: family relationships and coming-of-age themes, and perhaps more if you're eager to look further. Other than that it is a heartfelt comedy, not one of those laugh-out-loud ones, but one that manages to bind loose and scattered things and thoughts into a bittersweet experience, and a truly interesting tale of Henry James Herman, or Jesus Henry Christ if you like.

The backdrop of the plot is the extraordinary abilities of Henry, and from there it evolves unpredictably and fast to a reunion of Henry and Audrey, who he believes is his sister. And of course it continues.

The performances are not exceptionally surprising but the power of story has made that problem minor, as my love of the film emanates from the bravely unconventional story than from the acting.

Movies like this need to be made. For people who enjoy something different and relaxing from time to time, this film is not to be missed.


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