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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)

Unrated | | Drama | 8 January 2016 (USA)
Preacher's kid Henry Gamble is turning 17 today. Bring your swimsuit.

Director:

Stephen Cone

Writer:

Stephen Cone
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cole Doman ... Henry Gamble
Joe Keery ... Gabe
Elizabeth Laidlaw ... Kat Gamble
Pat Healy ... Bob Gamble
Nina Ganet ... Autumn Gamble
Daniel Kyri ... Logan
Jack Ball Jack Ball ... Jon
Travis A. Knight Travis A. Knight ... Keith Noble (as Travis Knight)
Kelly O'Sullivan ... Candice Noble
Melanie Neilan ... Christine
Grace Melon ... Heather
Spencer Curnutt ... Cooper
Mia Hulen ... Emily
Zoe Tyson ... Cheyenne
Francis Guinan ... Larry Montgomery
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HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY takes place over the course of 24 hours, at the 17th birthday pool party of preacher's kid Henry Gamble. As Henry treads through various sexual possibilities, seeking to come into his own, so too do the adults and teenagers of the party, all struggling to navigate the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.

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Drama

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Trivia

One of the gifts Henry Gamble receives on his birthday is a DVD of Gregg Araki's film Kaboom. See more »

Quotes

Jon: [homosexuality] It's not a good thing, that's for sure.
Cheyenne: Well, what do you think?
Candice Noble: Well... I mean, I think Christ teaches us to love everyone.
Jon: Yeah.
Jon: Whether they're addicts or criminals or gay people.
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For Amy, April, Brad, Diane and Tami. See more »

Connections

References Spy Kids (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Wait Right Here
Written by Andrew Doherty, Christina Cone
Performed by Frances Cone
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Breathes and flows with life
15 March 2017 | by stroggosSee all my reviews

A simple setup: One boy's birthday pool party. Everybody plays along and pretends to be happy. But beneath the surface, people's emotions are boiling. While people are having a fun time, deep secret come to light.

HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY manages to make statements about religion and about homosexuality without becoming overly political. It manages to convince you of the dark power of peer pressure and church without becoming overly judgmental. It manages to make you feel sexual oppression first-hand, focusing on a subjective perspective of what people really feel rather than what they show to feel. The movie weaves lots of different characters together without becoming incoherent. Many of the characters are just there for a few lines, but they seem real nonetheless. Some of them look like you would want to get to know them better. Others make you feel pity.

Throughout all of this, HENRY GAMBLE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY breathes with life and flows from one thing to the next without becoming trite. Watching this movie truly feels like being at a day's long summer party that slowly progresses through people's complex interactions. Carried by superb acting and a vision of what it means to be human, everything comes together in a grandiose yet subtle fashion. Mind blown.


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Chicago, Illinois, USA

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