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Review of Henry Poole Is Here

The other day, Alvin and I decided to hit a dollar movie at Festival Cinemas Utah. It's our favorite dollar theater and we go as often as we can. This time we went to see Henry Poole Was Here. Starring Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barrazza and George Lopez, we wanted to see it from the first moment and we weren't disappointed.

To summarize:

Henry Poole is a businessman who abandons his life, moves back to his childhood neighborhood and determines he is going to live out the remainder of his life, which is not long, alone. Changing his attitude will take a miracle. Unfortunately, or fortunately, for him, there appears to be a semblance of the face of Jesus Christ in the rust stains on his new stucco job, which is quickly discovered by a nosy neighbor who has her own ties to Henry's house. From that point on he deals with said nosy neighbor and watches with mixed emotions of disbelief and anger as it escalates into a stream of devout Catholics determined to worship at this miraculous manifestation of Christ . . . in his backyard.

He is yanked from his misery, range and sorrow by the grief of a mother and the silence of a little girl. Throughout the movie he is encouraged to reach out and have a little faith in what appears to be the unbelievable.

This movie is not filled with music, explosions or suspense . . . but is a simple movie filled with power of the human emotion and learning to face one's own mortality, only to learn . . . well, you'll have to watch it in order to find out what Henry Poole learned.

I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. There is nothing inappropriate for children, except they would be bored by it. For adults, I recommend it to everyone. It is definitely going into my home DVD library.

It is rated PG for thematic elements and some language.
Review of Henry Poole Is Here Review of Henry Poole Is Here Reviewed by Candace Salima on Saturday, September 27, 2008 Rating: 5