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"THE BOOK OF HENRY"
(2017) (Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Moderate
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A single mom must contend with her brilliant son's belief that their next door neighbor is abusing his teenage stepdaughter, along with his well-calculated plan detailing what to do about that.
PLOT:
Susan Carpenter (NAOMI WATTS) is a single mom who's raising her ultra-brilliant, 11-year-old son, Henry (JAEDEN LIEBERHER), along with his younger brother, Peter (JACOB TREMBLAY), by herself. When she isn't working alongside her friend and co-worker, Sheila (SARAH SILVERMAN), at a small diner, Susan lets Henry handle the family's finances and other serious issues, including a series of headaches he's been recently experiencing.

But when he's not doing that, inventing all sorts of things or protecting Peter from bullies at school, Henry is concerned that the teenager who lives next door, Christina Sickleman (MADDIE ZIEGLER), is being abused by her widowed stepfather, Glenn (DEAN NORRIS). To make matters worse, he's the police commissioner and thus friends with those at the child protective services division in their town.

Accordingly, and realizing he must think outside of the box that isn't offering him many viable solutions, Henry begins concocting a plan to help Christina. But when an illness suddenly strikes and Dr. David Daniels (LEE PACE) is called in hopes of helping Henry, the boy details his plan in hopes that his mother will execute it for him.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Since some kids are major characters in the story, it's possible that might entice some children to want to watch it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For thematic elements and brief strong language.


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