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Henry Poole Is Here (2009)

Luke Wilson , Radha Mitchell , Mark Pellington  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barraza, George Lopez, Cheryl Hines
  • Directors: Mark Pellington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FES0JI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Henry Poole Is Here" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Mark Pellington and Writer Albert Torres
  • The Making of Henry Poole Is Here
  • "All Roads Lead Home" Music Video
  • "Henry Poole Is Here" Music Video

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Henry Poole is Here tells the funny, poignant and uplifting story of a disillusioned man who attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.

Henry Poole Is Here is an odd if enjoyable dramedy about everyone's need for a miracle now and then--though one person's miracle can easily be another's nightmare. Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) is a misanthropic loner who attempts to buy a specific house at any price and is rebuffed. Instead, he buys another house in some need of repair but brushes off any discussion of improvement, mysteriously claiming he's not going to be living in it very long. Uncertain what that means, Henry's neighbors learn to give him some distance, until Esperanza (Adriana Barraza) decides she can see the face of Jesus Christ in a water stain on Henry's house. In short order, Esperanza has alerted her church and friends, and a disgruntled Henry's backyard is full of true believers. Directed by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road), Henry Poole Is Here occasionally finds itself awash in treacle and sincerity, especially where Henry's developing relationship with a single mom (Radha Mitchell) and her near-mute child are concerned. But the film never alienates viewers disinclined to believe in iconic apparitions, adding a neat twist toward the end that makes Henry's rage against Esperanza's faith work for and not against him. Making the whole enterprise worthwhile is Wilson's fine performance as a man who has given up on everything (for reasons that eventually become clear in the story) but, in fact, wants nothing more than to embrace life. --Tom Keogh

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching & low-key October 7, 2008
Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) returns to the neighborhood where he grew up, wishing only to be left alone. A mysterious stain on the wall of his house becomes the catalyst for several unexplainable events, among them Henry's reconnection to the world.

I really had no idea what this movie was about going in. It's a quiet, gentle film with appealing characters whose message of faith creeps in rather subtly. Being a nonbeliever, I might not have gone to this film if I had known about the Christian, specifically Catholic, subtext, but I'm glad I did. Director Mark Pellington and writer Albert Torres do not hit us over the head with a message, but rather present a story in which faith means different things to different characters, and we are not forced to accept one interpretation as correct. This is a very touching, low-key film.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sincere film that looked great on BD January 17, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The director said it best in the BD docu, "...a hopeless man finds hope". I was surprised that this film received no advertising for being a Luke Wilson film (no poster placement, strange pricing structures, limited release, etc.).

I have been playing it in the store for a couple days now and it truly captivated the crowds. The film contains a nice mix of suburban visuals with an excellent soundtrack that repeatedly catches the attention of those that might only be listening. It has become one of those films that sells itself but in a good way.

The story revolves around a man that is obviously extremely depressed that wants to skip human interaction by buying an empty suburban house. Instead he encounters several neighbors that end up changing his life and in the end, helping those that helped him. Regardless of the large volumes of hate one can find about this film out there (and I do mean a lot) I did not categorize this as a religious film, or an agenda film, I just saw a good emotional film filled with believers and non believers, love and incredible events.

The BD quality is excellent, and was very appropriate for this film with the amount of landscapes and overhead shots. The music sounded wonderful in the TrueHD (lots of music) and special features were worth the time. The production docu is informative, as was the commentary. The selling point though is the deleted scenes. They removed over 30 minutes from the film. A great deal of the questions I have read about this film (and was asking myself while watching) were answered here. Even after listening as to why the director removed them, I strongly disagreed and felt they should have been in the movie (hence I rated it one star lower).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with sincerity November 2, 2008
This movie came out the same week or two as Tropic Thunder, a film that featured several other members of the Frat Pack to which Luke belongs. Once again we see a difference between Luke and the others. Luke is the anti-hipster, often preferring sincere works that don't debase people. I am an Atheist but found this film to be low-key and charming. It firmly depicts someone suffering from depression who slowly makes a turn for the better. Yes, people may argue over the religious undercurrent of the film, which insults the nihilistic tendencies of young filmgoers, but one can also interpret the film's central theme of as renewal (our ability to change who we are).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's it take to move from sadness to hope? January 26, 2009
By K. Barr
This movie prompted great discussion with my wife -- then I found myself replaying the dialogue in my mind for the next week. I took my kids to see it and, to my surprise, three of them absolutely loved it. They lived their childhoods in a poverty stricken country (until ages 12, 9, and 5), suffering hardships I probably will never understand. They connected with this movie in a powerful way. I realized that all of us have struggles, many of which we try to hide from everyone we see. In order to progress beyond our initial reactions, we need to surrender in some way -- moving past self-pity (or other selfish instincts) and gain an outward perspective. There is only one source of true joy, but it can be very painful to get there -- and it's a different road for all of us. Like Henry, we need Patience and Hope (in something real), and the Dawn will be there (as it was from the beginning). The movie is simple as it covers these concepts, but add in a great soundtrack, cool visuals, and some poignant conversations -- and even the Henry in all of us can make the change. I loved the understated ending -- for those of us who believe in miracles, we know the miracle was that Henry didn't do anything to help himself -- but he ultimately couldn't resist the change that was freely given to him. Miracle complete.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small film - better than most November 2, 2008
Briefly, Henry is presented with a series of unexplainable things (as he sees it) and has to decide what he truly believes.

I loved this film - but I like religious and philosphical films. I think they got this film just right and the performances are spot on. May be too slow and thoughtful for some - that is why Die Hard 4 is only a click away (which I also liked).

I am curious what others think of this film after watching it on DVD - presumably a larger audience than those that saw it at the theater (there was one person at the theater when I saw it - and that was me).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Faithful Touching Film That Isn't What You'd Expect
WOW! I love this movie!! When I first read about it I thought it was going to be just a silly comedy but it's an amazing heartwarming tear jerker that deserves to be watched! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Callie Kleeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie !!!!
Published 1 month ago by Scott Maddocks
2.0 out of 5 stars OK
OK movie. Not much to comment on. We all fell asleep watching it here in our home.
Published 2 months ago by Proceed to go
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie here wasn't too bad but to waste money on buying it no I...
This movie here wasn't too bad but to waste money on buying it no I wouldn't so rating out of five stars I would have to give it three
Published 3 months ago by james detty
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Movie
Henry Poole is here is an overwhelmingly underrated film that deserves so much more publicity than it ever got. It's an inspiring tale.
Published 4 months ago by Josie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving film about faith and miracles
Luke Wilson plays a man named Henry Poole who wants to hide from life, but whose nosy suburban neighbors keep pulling him out of himself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Transcendental Thomist
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare: Offbeat, Quirky, and Hopeful
While the central miracle in this film--a stucco blemish that resembles the face of Christ--is unbelievable, it serves as a double metaphor for the apparent foolishness of faith... Read more
Published 5 months ago by TumericTJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Movie
It is kind of a dark quirky movie . Takes a while to get into the story line . But then again I buy movies that are different .
Published 6 months ago by Diane Cade
5.0 out of 5 stars I
This movie spoke to me on a personal level and came at a time when I was facing the same dilemma myself. And who can resist Luke Wilson at his grungy best hot hot hot!
Published 9 months ago by Dena
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
We absolutely love this film. Mark Pellington is a master who does not get nearly enough credit for his film making. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anthony Hedayat
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