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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Equates values of baseball with values of life: hope, love, teamwork, shared victory, heroic behavior. Live as big as you can; enjoy every moment. Believe in yourself. If it's important enough to you, find the time to do it. It's not over until it's over. Heroes get remembered; legends never die; memories live forever. If it were easy, it wouldn't be worth doing. Step up and face your problems.
Positive Role Models
Baseball players of all ethnicities are portrayed as supportive, sensitive, courageous, smart, and hardworking team players. Parents and doctors of a sick child are intuitive, helpful, committed to his recovery, and loving. Heroic child shows perseverance and learns to participate in his own recovery, keep an optimistic attitude, and fight back.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The bare bottom of a boy in a hospital gown is visible.
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Products & Purchases
Members of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees are the focus of this film. The stadium personnel, administration, and players both living and deceased are seen as laudatory, selfless individuals who are deeply committed to making a difference in the life of one boy. Advertising banners are occasionally visible in some scenes (Pepsi, Gatorade, Casio, Ford).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Henry & Me is an earnest, message-driven animated film in which a 10-year-old boy is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease (though never officially identified, it's clearly cancer) and must learn to meet the challenges he faces. Losing his energy, his hair, and his positive outlook, Jack prepares for a serious operation with his spirit sagging and fear overwhelming him. What follows is Jack's dream-like journey through the annals of the New York Yankees, during which the boy meets baseball stars of the past and present, each of whom offers solace and strong lessons in what it means to face adversity. Loaded with celebrity voices, plus a wonderful assortment of Yankee players playing themselves and Cyndi Lauper's music, it's a one-of-a-kind film -- part inspirational story, part unconditionally positive publicity for the Yankee organization. A portion of the proceeds will go to a variety of viable charities. The fictional story has an upbeat ending, but given its serious nature it may prompt discussions of kids dealing with traumatic illness and possible death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film is best for baseball lovers, especially Yankee fans, who don't mind a little bit of seriousness with their hero worship. Traditional animation, with cleanly drawn images and inventive characterizations, works with an array of celebrity voice talents to bring this movie to life. Richard Gere and Cyndi Lauper bring just the right notes to their roles as little Jack's cheerleaders. Henry & Me is a short film that relentlessly hypes the New York Yankees but will ultimately inspire and have meaning for older kids (not only sports fans), especially when they can watch with grown-ups who have their own memories of these legends to draw upon.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.