Henry Poole is Here

6.41 h 38 min2008PG
HD. Luke Wilson plays a disillusioned man trying to hide from life in suburban isolation who is drawn out of his shell by his neighbors.
Mark Pellington
Radha MitchellLuke WilsonAdriana Barraza
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George LopezRachel SeiferthCheryl Hines
Tom RosenbergGary LucchesiRichard WrightGary GilbertTom Lassally
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is an excellent movie!
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This is an excellent movie and judging from all the negative comments and petty comments, it was right on the Good News target. The little girl's eyes said it all about her experience touching the face of and meeting Jesus, and what He did for her. It brings to mind the woman who merely touched the hem of His garment, and was healed by her faith. The speechless speaks. The blind can see. As Henry stands in front of the face on the wall, a window frame shadow puts a cross with the face. One single drop of that blood falls from Heaven and heals him in the hospital. There's a Gospel message in this movie, the songs, music, and vocals are very touching and speak love from Love (God) to the listener. There's also a message for husbands and wives to stick with their marriage promises, and how important that is for children, as shown by both Millie's and Henry's childhood experience. It was also very nice to see the feminine lovingkindness and touch of Dawn toward Henry in his travail. It was a relief that when love was found between the two, it was not another stupid Hollywood sex-at-first sight B.S. affair and bed scene. And there were a lot of examples of people being kind and decent to one another.
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Bobbie4applesReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Life really is short!
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I hardly ever take the time to write reviews on Amazon- but this movie was SO fantastic I just had to inform others that with an open mind, this film could be worth their time.
The movie is a bit heavy in the drama and spiritual categories with a dash of comedy. Not an oscar winning performance piece, but a decent feel good film. The fact that Easter is right around the corner made this film even more meaningful. I grew up Roman Catholic, but for the past few years I've struggled with my faith which helped me empathize with the main character's(luke wilson) role. The message is pretty clear that without some kind of faith, doesn't have to necessarily be in God, it's near impossible to find any kind of happiness in this world. Without giving away too many of the films highlights, luke wilson's character is essentially trying to return to the last point in his life where he felt happiness. I believe most people, if given a chance, would like this film.

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meReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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There is nothing that ruins the enjoyment of a film more than reading a bit of what to expect and the category and getting something totally different.

And then some looney bin watches the film and calls Henry selfish and not worth it for God to save him....LOL...some peoples' religion...

Anyway this is a story about a relatively young man dealing with his past and his present after being diagnosed with a terminal illness and trying to figure out how to deal with not much future. Funny how some people find the need to judge someone in this situation (in a movie and probably in life, too).

This film is about humanity, some peoples' religious faith, some peoples' lack of faith in the supernatural. Henry gets to be angry, sad, whatever he wants as he tries to cope with the idea of not living much longer.

I was getting the feeling this was going to be a preachy religious film, but it was a story about love, and neighbors, and children and adults, and faith and hope, disappointments and surprises, and maybe some miracles, too.

Also the cast and crew were amazing. This was one of those simple and relatively low budget films with such great performances and post production that it's simply wonderful. Luke Wilson was awesome, but so was everyone else and this was a good story.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
A selfish man is saved, but what about the selfless guy who isn't?
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If you want to watch a shallow selfish man who is terminally ill be saved then this is your flick.
There's not much to this story and it's pretty boring. A man who discovers he is terminally ill blows his entire savings on a house, fills it with booze and Krispy Kreme doughnuts, covers the windows, and has one huge pity party for one. Meanwhile he's got something special on his house, a picture of Jesus that seems to have the ability to heal.
Yes, God works in mysterious ways. I have difficulty imagining him saving this guy and letting other, better people die.
Not only was I unmoved, I really hated every part of this film except for the Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the fridge. That I could get behind.
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BookshireCroneReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tear jerker highlights Wilson's acting chops.Some may not appreciate it as much as Catholics will.Happy ending all around
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this movie proves that Luke Wilson can act.Though he plays to type, this movie pulls more depth from Wilson that I thought he had in him to emote. I mean, He's a pleasant enough actor, but here he's forced to dig pretty deep.The pace is leisurely & the end is happy, if somewhat ambiguous as to how it was precisely achieved. I found this to be a sobering movie with just enough light hearted moments to prevent it from being morose.
Wilson is great. Some of the characters were cloyingly saccharine with no boundaries when it came to being intrusive.Catholic neighbor Esperanza is cringe worthy smug, selfish & pushy, typifying all the reasons why alot of people don't want anything to do with God.I found her & her fellow church goers to be embarrassing in their lack of propriety & respect for Poole's privacy & property.Who just walks into a house or into someone else's back yard uninvited ? I'm not an atheist & I would have called the police on them. It really made Catholics look as if all they cared about was miraculous healing & not about people themselves. The instrumental soundtrack was lovely until it replaced with dismal vocals.
This movie achieves what it set out to. It draws you into the lives of broken people & heightens your sympathies so that you desperately wanth the movie to end with them fixed. Mission accomplished.
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Tonja TerranaReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kind of a bit rough, but a humorous and yet melancholy look at faith through tragedy.
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This is not a Christian faith-based movie, and yet the film centers around a young man dealt a cruel blow, had a lousy childhood to begin with, and who did not believe in a loving God. Henry Poole is a guy like a lot of guys who either believe in Christ but just shut Him out of our daily lives, or who do not believe at all and aren't about to start, even when life keeps kicking them down. Somehow faith, love and hope come to him, not through reading the Bible, but through those around him that he is desperately trying to avoid, but who keep on barging in, sometimes humorously, sometimes very annoyingly. Not really for young children, there are some rough spots in the movie, but as a follower of Yeshua (Jesus), I found this a moving film.
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SuperDogReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel good movie about faith
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Luke Wilson has been doing these indie kind of religious themed movies off and on. He's a really good actor. I think he played his skeptical character well. At some points he seemed mean to the neighbor Esperanza but she still had hope for him. I don't think the movie is just about faith in Jesus or God, I think it's more about hope. He never really touched the wall if you watch closely. It's a feel good movie that you'll wish you could impart your hope on the main character.
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Paul WeilReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprising and beautiful
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Interesting to see how many people are irked even hostile at the idea of a movie about faith. If we can have movies that imagine the preposterous worlds of Harry Potter and suchlike fantasies, why not movies like this? Why should they be skin off anybody's noses? In fact, I don't believe this movie is or was intended to be religious. It is really about people, false presumptions and prejudices, and of course miracles and the paradoxes that often surround them (most of all the important, final act of destruction and/or sacrilege). The writing is low-key, true to character and well-modulated to the action. It's a surprising and beautiful little film.
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