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The Book of Henry

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language.
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Thriller Drama
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USA Release:
June 14, 2017 (festival)
June 16, 2017
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single mothers raising boys

having continual self-doubts

having a child who is a genius

odd mother and young son relationship

child abuse by a step-father and police chief

helping someone who is in danger

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Featuring: Naomi WattsSusan Carpenter
Jaeden Lieberher … Henry Carpenter
Dean Norris … Glenn Sickleman
Sarah Silverman … Sheila
Lee Pace … David
Jacob Tremblay … Peter Carpenter
Maddie Ziegler … Christina Sickleman
Bobby Moynihan … John
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Director: Colin Trevorrow—“Jurassic World” (2015), “Safety Not Guaranteed” (2012), “Home Base” (2002)
Producer: Double Nickel Entertainment
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
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Distributor: Focus Features

“When someone hurts someone else, we have to make it better.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Book of Henry’ is the story of a single mother raising two boys, one of whom is a genius.

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.

Henry has a crush on their neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler), stepdaughter of the Police Commissioner (Dean Norris). To protect Christina from harm at the hands of her stepfather, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her that he writes down in a book. Henry's mother discovers the book and decides that she and Peter will put Henry's scheme into motion.

Susan discovers that Christina’s family next door 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.

This original screenplay was written by best-selling novelist Gregg Hurwitz (Tell No Lies, Don’t Look Back).”

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