Parents' Guide to

Regarding Henry

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Slow, thoughtful '90s drama won't appeal to teens.

Movie PG-13 1991 108 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Life Lesson

Sometimes it takes the drastic situations in life for us to appreciate who we have in life. Who, is in our lives, is MUCH more important than WHAT we have. Possessions are only things. People cannot be replaced. People can change!! Sometimes THAT'S why the drastic things happen. It was/is a GREAT movie, with a valuable life lesson!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Despite having so much going for it in terms of cast and crew (look for a very young J.J. Abrams cameo), this drama never really makes much emotional impact. Mike Nichols' now-classic opening shot -- starting from on high and slowly zooming in on the action over most of the opening credits -- tells you everything you need to know about Regarding Henry: It's going to take its time unfolding. It's a personal story about one man, and Ford admirably plays a very different character than we're used to seeing. Bening shines, and the supporting cast is fine, but kids and teens won't find much to relate to and may grow impatient with the pace.

Nichols keeps the audience as emotionally distant from Henry's family as Henry himself is. You can argue that it allows us to connect with, or at least understand, Henry better, but it also limits our ways in, our chances to connect both with the movie as a whole, and with Henry's world as it starts to widen during his recovery.

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