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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.

Director:

Dennis Lee

Writers:

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

USA

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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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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Five-Year Engagement (2012) See more »

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Black Fur
Written by Ola Lindfelt and Fredrik Hultin
Performed by Fredrik
Published House Of Hassle
Courtesy of The Kora Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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It's heart is in the right place
30 January 2013 | by bevanmortimerSee all my reviews

I was in the library one afternoon, browsing through the DVD titles looking for something to jump out at me. Jesus Henry Christ, caught my eye because of its two leads, Michael Sheen and Toni Collette. I love their work and was surprised to see a film starring both of them, that I hadn't heard of.

Toni Collette is the single mother of Henry - a product of sperm donor father. Being a child genius, Henry knows all he needs to. Everything except the most important thing, "Who is his father?"

Several leaps of faith later and Henry is lead to Michael Sheen, who may or may not be the sperm donor. And 'hilarity' ensues. OK, I guess I may not have been very charitable there, but the film is not a great one. At the films core is an interesting idea and as I have titled my review "It's heart is in the right place". But I feel the film doesn't really know where it's going or what it wanted to be. It switches from moments of farce, black comedy and drama. It also shoots off at tangents, leaving several threads hanging.

Sheen and Collette do the best they can with the material at hand. But I couldn't help wondering how or indeed why either, but especially Sheen had ended up in this film.

The film describes itself as being "quirky". I am suspicious of anything that describes itself as quirky. Surely that is for the viewer to decide?

That said, the film is enjoyable in the most part, and it did make me laugh a couple of times. Perhaps best watched on a wet Saturday afternoon, if there is nothing better to do.

I have given it a 6/10 score - mainly due to Collette and Sheen. With lesser actors the score would have been less.


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