Friday, April 20, 2012
Jesus Henry Christ Movie Review
Jesus Henry Christ Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello Director: Dennis Lee (‘Fireflies in the Garden’) Starring: Jason Spevack (‘Ramona and Beezus’), Toni Collette and Michael Sheen Teens often spend most of their adolescence trying to spend as little time with their families as possible. But when they don’t know who one of their parents is, their need to find their family and identity is often one of the most important things in their life. The need to fully discover one’s background and personality is cleverly shown in the new comedy ‘Jesus Henry Christ.’ While the title character in the film, Henry, is known for his unnaturally high IQ, he is like many children in one regard-he wants to know his father. ‘Jesus Henry Christ’ follows Henry James Herman (played by Jason Spevack), a 10-year-old boy genius who is set to start college. While he’s smarter than the rest of the children in his former elementary school, he still longs for the one thing they have that he doesn’t: a father. After speaking to his Grandpa Stan (played by Frank Moore), Henry learns that he was a test-tube baby, and his biological half-sister is-the 12-year-old Audrey O’Hara (portrayed by Samantha Weinstein), who is an outcast herself. She is ridiculed by her classmates for being the test-subject of the book ‘Born Gay or Made That Way?,’ which was written by her father, Dr. Slavkin O’Hara (played by Michael Sheen). Much to the dismay of Henry’s mother, the left-wing feminist Patricia (portrayed by Toni Collette), Henry searches for his father. Along the way, he meets Slavkin by chance in a book store, and the two talk about their lives. They decide to test their DNA to find out once and for all if Slavkin is really Henry’s father. Writer-director Dennis Lee, who adapted ‘Jesus Henry Christ’ from his 2003 Academy Award-winning short film of the same name, perfectly captured the ever-evolving family dynamic that’s happening across America with the Hermans and O’Haras. The film proves that families no longer need to have a mother and a father to have intellectual children who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Patricia and Slavkin realize that they must do whatever it takes to care for, and protect, their children, not matter what the personal costs are. To continue reading this review, please visit Shockya.
Posted by karenbenardello at 5:08 AM