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Henry's Crime Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Reeves has many arrows in his quiver, but screwball comedy isn't one of them.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    While Malcolm Venville's Henry's Crime is billed as a comedy it's more funny odd than funny ha-ha.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Aside from language, so-so caper comedy is fine for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that except for this caper comedy's frequent strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and more), there's nothing here that would demand an R rating. There are several love scenes, but they're handled with restraint -- there's no nudity and no actual activity other than kissing and embracing. The few action sequences are brief, generally mild fights (in one, a man wields a gun, and a shot is fired), and the substance use isn't at all over the top, either -- a woman smokes one cigarette, a couple of beers are consumed, and a character seems drunk in one scene and vomits in two others. That said, it's not all that likely to be a movie that's high on kids' radar anyway.

  • Families can talk about why audiences root for the bank robbers in movies like this. Do you think the fact that Henry had already been to prison for a crime he didn't commit makes it more acceptable to want him to succeed?
  • The filmmakers accepted an R rating for this movie solely so they could have their characters swear. Do you agree with their decision? Why or why not? Would the movie be less effective without the strong language?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Despite the negative message that it's acceptable payback for Henry to rob a bank because he was wrongly convicted of an earlier crime, there are positive ideas expressed as well. Henry learns that it's critical for people to have dreams, feel passionately about life, and build intimate relationships based on love and respect.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Initially, the main character has no ambition or passion and basically just "goes along for life's ride." But over the course of the film, he learns the value of having dreams and taking risks. The female lead is strong, driven, and seems confident. Because of her relationship with Henry, she realizes that warmth and softness are important qualities as well. All of that said, no one seems to experience any remorse for his or her misbehavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: In comic frustration, a female character repeatedly hits and pounds a male character while sitting next to him in a car. An elderly man is held at gunpoint, but he takes the gunman by surprise and drives him to the ground using his bare hands. A shot is fired, and there's some blood, but no one is seriously injured.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Several intimate scenes include kissing, laughing, and romping with both characters under the sheets, plus implied post-sexual cuddling. The woman is seen briefly in her bra; no other nudity.

  • language false4

    Language: Lots of swearing and obscenities throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "hell," "goddamn," "d--k," "son of a bitch," "pissed off," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), and "FAG" written on a sign.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Molson's Blue beer.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Beer is consumed in moderation in a few scenes. A man shows up drunk for an important meeting. One female character smokes.

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