Henry Poole is Here

Henry Poole is Here

Director: Mark Pellington Cast: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barraza

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Overview

Given a grim diagnosis during a routine doctor's checkup, a man who once had it all finds his attempt to disappear into a working-class suburb and spend his remaining days subsisting on vodka and junk food hopelessly disrupted when he falls for the beautiful divorcée next door and a busybody neighbor notices a miraculous stain on his stucco wall. Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) had a comfortable life and a beautiful fiancée. But just when it seemed that the future couldn't look any brighter for Henry, a visit to the doctor's office casts a dark cloud over his sunny outlook. Shattered, Henry wants nothing more in life than to simply vanish into his surroundings, and what better way to accomplish that feat than to purchase a cookie-cutter house in a working-class suburb and spend his final days awaiting the inevitable in peaceful solitude. Unfortunately for Henry, his new neighbors aren't about to let the handsome neighborhood newcomer spend his days sulking. The first to stop by and welcome Henry to his new home is local yenta Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), who comes knocking on his door with a fresh plate of homemade tamales and laundry list of questions. Later, after taking notice of sad-eyed divorcée Dawn (Radha Mitchell) and her taciturn eight-year-old daughter, Millie (Morgan Lily), who hasn't spoken a work since her father left, Henry finds his self-imposed exile shattered when Esperanza notices a stain on his stucco wall that seems to possess miraculous powers. Before Henry can say "Hail Mary," Esperanza is leading pilgrimages to the "holy site" in his backyard and inviting Father Salizar (George Lopez) to give his blessings to the sacrosanct blemish. As skeptical as Henry may be about the healing powers of the curious apparition, however, his growing friendship with young Millie not only brings him closer to Dawn, but also proves to him that there's no escaping the power of hope. Cheryl Hines, Richard Benjamin, and Jessica Walter co-star in a wry existential comedy drama penned by first-time feature film screenwriter Albert Torres, and directed by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies).

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2009
UPC: 0013138306487
Original Release: 2008
Rating: PG
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:39:00

Special Features

The Making Of Henry Poole Is Here; ; Audio Commentary with Director Mark Pellington and Writer Albert Torres; ; Audio Commentary wtih Director Mark Pellington and Director of Photography Eric Schmidt; ; Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary; ; "All Roads Lead Home" Music Video; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Luke Wilson Henry Poole
Radha Mitchell Dawn
Adriana Barraza Esperanza
George Lopez Father Salazar
Cheryl Hines Meg
Richard Benjamin Dr. Fancher
Morgan Lily Millie
Rachel Seiferth Patience
Beth Grant Josie
Jessica Walter Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Pellington Director,Executive Producer
Michael Aguilar Executive Producer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Michael Babcock Sound/Sound Designer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Churgin Editor
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Beth de Patie Co-producer
John Frizzell Score Composer
Gary Gilbert Producer
Richard Hoover Production Designer
David Kern Co-producer
Tom Lassally Producer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Norman Reiss Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Eric Schmidt Cinematographer
Karen A. Steward Art Director
Albert Torres Screenwriter
Shelley A. Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

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Henry Poole is Here 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GodsgirlTX More than 1 year ago
Is it so hard to believe that God wants to reach everyone with a message of love? This is a great movie. Luke Wilson is told a lie and he resists God the whole way through the movie. God is reaching out to him and using other people as examples of His healing powers. God heals today just as he did in the days of the disciples. Just believe and receive. If your heart is hardened to the super natural powers of God you will not be able to understand this movie. The person that wrote this movie understands and shows the unbelievers that God is reaching out to anyone that will listen to Him. It is the free will of people to choose God's love and receive life or choose to continue in this world of sin and lies and receive death.
MinorThreat77 More than 1 year ago
I really wish I could give this a 0. To a small degree, it does deserve one star because the ending is so unintentionally hilarious that I cackled like a hyena at the preposterous "spiritual" message. If this is the sort of movie that Evangelical Christians think will persuade people to their side, they've got another thing coming. Subtelty is definitely not the movie's strong suit, though I believe that in some odd way, the film was supposed to be subtle. Honestly, I'm really not sure how the film's director would have pulled this off, as the script's religious undertones are not so much implied as screamed. By the end of the film, God is being bashed over poor Luke Wilson's head with such fervor that the viewer actually begins to receive stigmata. Also, the description of the film on the back of the DVD case (the Netflix version) is wholly inaccurate. Upon reading said description, there's a sense that the viewer is in for an acerbic, vitriolic performance by Wilson (amid stuffing his face with Twinkies and guzzling copious amounts of alcohol). There is an implication that Wilson will be drunk throughout the movie, which is not the case. And the caustic attitude touted on the back of the DVD case? Mild at worse; after all, this film is rated PG.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago