Starring: Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, Dean Norris
Story: Drama directed by Colin Trevorrow which follows single mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) who works as a waitress at a diner, alongside her family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). She has two sons, 11-year-old boy Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) and her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay).
Henry has a crush on their neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler), the stepdaughter of the Police Commissioner, Glenn Sickleman (Dean Norris). To protect Christina from harm at the hands of her stepfather, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her that he writes down in a book. Henry’s mother discovers the book and decides that she and Peter will put Henry’s scheme into motion, and in the process discovers new strength as a parent.
Best Quotes from Trailer:
Henry Carpenter: [voice over] This story is about me, my brother, my mom, and the girl who lived next door.
[giving a speech to his classmates]
Henry Carpenter: Our legacy isn’t how many commas we have in our bank account. It’s who we’re lucky enough to have in our lives and what we can lead them with.
Mrs. Evans: Henry, remind me again why we can’t put you in a gifted school?
Henry Carpenter: Because it’s better for my psycho social development for me to interact with the peer at a normal school environment.
Mrs. Evans: Oh, yeah.
John: Hey, Susan, I guess I can just set you up with a direct deposit if that’s easier.
Susan Carpenter: I don’t know, I’ll have to ask Henry.
John: You have to ask your eleven year-old?
Henry Carpenter: Did our financial statement come in the mail today?
Susan Carpenter: Yeah, I forgot to give it to you.
[as Henry is trying out his new invention]
Henry Carpenter: Okay, what do you want to make?
Peter Carpenter: Flying trampoline.
Henry Carpenter: Why don’t we start small?
Peter Carpenter: Rocket boots!
Henry Carpenter: Mm, that’s kind of hard too.
[Henry sees Peter looking disappointed]
Henry Carpenter: Okay, you have to build in a failsafe. It’s all about timing, setup, covering every contingency. One little miscalculation and the whole thing fails.
Peter Carpenter: Like the waffle iron.
Henry Carpenter: Waffle irons are tricky.
Sheila: I don’t know how you do it, all by yourself.
Susan Carpenter: Come on, I have Henry! Find me another male of the species who’s more grownup than him.
Sheila: I’d like to.
Christina Sickleman: Henry and Peter, they’re lucky to have you.
Susan Carpenter: And your father’s lucky to have you too.
Christina Sickleman: Stepfather.
Henry Carpenter: You okay?
Christina Sickleman: I’m good.
Henry Carpenter: Mom, I have to tell you something and it’s very important. Christina’s in trouble.
Henry Carpenter: [voice over] When someone hurts someone else we have to make it better. There’s only one way to stop it. I’d hope to do it all myself, but that’s not an option.
Susan Carpenter: There has to be another way to help Christina.
[Peter points to the text written in the book “Why there’s no way to help Christina”]
Susan Carpenter: Why there’s no way to help…
Principal Wilder: [to Susan] Mr. Sickleman is the Police Commissioner, I’m not going to subject him to public scrutiny without conclusive evidence.
Susan Carpenter: Okay, let’s do this.
Henry Carpenter: [voice over] Mom, everything you need is right here. I’ll be with you the whole time.
Susan Carpenter: I know what you’ve done. Henry documented all of it.
Glenn Sickleman: Who do you think they’re going to believe?
Henry Carpenter: [voice over] It can’t be left undone.
Henry Carpenter: No matter what, don’t panic.
Susan Carpenter: I’m not panicking!
Henry Carpenter: [voice over] We have to make it better.
The Book of Henry is set to open in the US June 16, 2017 and June 23, 2017.