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Jesus Henry Christ Review

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As with his previous film "Fireflies in the Garden," writer-director Dennis Lee scratches the skin of family bonds until it bleeds. This time, he uses whimsy as a salve.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Amusing but scattered and unconvincing comedy.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times

    This time out Lee looks to bake a touch of twee-ness into the film in the hopes of keeping things light, though more often than not, the film's flourishes come off as Wes Anderson-lite.

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  • 70

    out of 100


    Too deliberately eccentric to attain quite the level of wigginess it aspires to, Jesus Henry Christ does feature some standout performances and a refreshingly unconventional approach to telling its slight story.

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OK for kids 14+

Stylized comedy explores identity; adults drink and smoke.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jesus Henry Christ is a quirky comedy that follows a 10-year-old genius in his search for his biological father. There's some mild swearing ("goddamn," "sucks") and several homophobic taunts, as well as a few scenes that feature graphic violence that seems to come from nowhere. A high school girl who has decided she's a lesbian faces frequent bullying at school. Also expect some drinking and smoking.

  • Families can talk about Henry's family. Do they seem more unusual than other families, or are all families odd in their own ways? What do you think of his mother and her parenting choices?
  • What do you think about the way Audrey is taunted at school? Do you think she responded well to the bullying? What about the way the teacher handled the situation?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Genetics and environment play key roles, but in the end, you can make yourself into whoever you want to be. The tough part is figuring out who that is and then having the courage to actually be that person.

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    Role models: Everyone in this film is trying very hard to be true to themselves, though some do a better job of it than others. And sometimes in the process, they manage to be insensitive or selfish, even though they're simply trying to figure out who they really are.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several scenes of classroom bullying and taunting -- an entire class pelts a classmate with paper, for instance -- and a few graphic violent images, including people accidentally getting shot in the head or set on fire.

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    Sex: One of the film's key plot points revolves around the paternity of a tween boy, and there are many references to "test-tube babies" and sperm donation.

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    Language: Some swearing, including "sucks," "goddamn," and frequent uses of the exclamation "Jesus H. Christ" and its various permutations. Some characters call others "homo" or "lesbo."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some characters smoke, and an heirloom cigarette lighter plays an important role. Some drinking, including a spectacularly unwise use of hard liquor.