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Regarding Henry
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by John Rice

"Ends up being better than it should be."
4 stars

How many people ever honestly look back on their lives and behavior? Regarding Henry is the story of a man who has no choice but to see his past from an entirely new perspective. It is not great filmmaking, but is done well enough and contains enough meaning to be worthwhile.

Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) is a cruel, greedy, self-obsessed workaholic. Points which are driven home with a sledgehammer in the opening sequence of Regarding Henry. He chastises his 11 year old daughter Rachel (Mikki Allen) rather cruelly, basically for acting like an 11 year old. Later, as he apologizes for his earlier behavior, he manages only to criticize her again as he deflects responsibility from himself. He moves back a dinner he is invited to simply to suit his own needs and doesn't even bother to remember the name of the people who invited him. He is a defense attorney known for his ability to basically lie, cheat and steal his way to victory. This movie strives so hard to separate him from the rest of the masses that when he arrives home with his wife Sarah (Annette Bening) from a late, winter dinner, every car and building in sight is coated with snow and frost, but his limousine is spotless. This movie does not exactly begin with subtlety.

Fortunately, it quickly settles down and begins developing a story with some decent value. Henry interrupts a robbery at a local convenience store and is shot, leaving him in a coma with severe brain damage. Once he wakes up, he must start from the beginning again, learning how to talk, walk and generally live his life. He even relies on his daughter to teach him to read again. Due to the goodness of his law partners, he is allowed to return to his old job, but how can he possibly possess the capacity to be productive, and will he even want to continue with his old career?

The story is a bit predictable as Henry begins his life again, looking through the eyes of a child, but it has enough worth saying to generally forgive its weaknesses. The direction is decent and the acting is about as good as can be expected, considering the story. Ford is pleasantly effective and not terribly overdone in the role of man as child. As an actor known mostly for playing tough, action characters, he seems rather at home in this relatively powerless one.

This review originally appeared on Slacker-Reviews.com.

The true value of Regarding Henry is in how it questions what is actually important in life. Thematically, it is almost a Hollywood version of Wild Strawberries, with the main character reviewing his life through new eyes. It is not the creative work the Bergman film is, but its end result can be just as valuable. In this case, Henry has the opportunity to change things before all is lost. It is not a particularly strong film, but the whole does seem to be greater than the sum of its parts.

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User Comments

12/09/10 ashley kelly yall hoes mean ass hell. fuck yu all hatin on henry 5 stars
4/01/10 Monday Morning I hate Harrison Ford's guts 1 stars
6/05/07 David Pollastrini very well done 4 stars
4/15/06 John Not a perfect movie, but a very moving one. Good acting and casting. 5 stars
2/23/05 Bob Jaumann I love this movie 4 stars
7/19/04 Jessica Gill Definitely worth a look. One of the 90s best tear-jerking dramas. 4 stars
7/17/04 legend This was a bad film with good acting. 3 stars
6/02/04 Angel First time in a decade Ford has unbent out of his "suit roles" Still charming. 4 stars
5/18/03 keenast so awfully bad that I'm missing words. 1 stars
10/28/02 YES A moving, touching film. Ford's performance is great and Hans Zimmer's score is superb. 4 stars
10/28/02 Charles Tatum A more unchallenging film cannot be found 3 stars
5/17/02 Priscilla Postlethwaite Ford is impressive as a recovering shooting victim, with surprise developments . 4 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L Harrison's second worst movie 2 stars
3/31/01 Monster W. Kung Deep. Not as moving as you would expect, but far from being a failure. 4 stars
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  02-Jul-1991 (PG-13)



Directed by
  Mike Nichols

Written by
  Jeffrey Abrams

  Harrison Ford
  Annette Bening
  Donald Moffat
  Aida Linares
  Bruce Altman

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