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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, George Lopez, Radha Mitchell, Adriana Barraza, Cheryl Hines
  • Directors: Mark Pellington
  • Writers: Albert Torres
  • Producers: Mark Pellington, Beth DePatie, David Kern, Eric Reid, Gary Gilbert
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 20 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001FES0K2
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 5 2009
Format: DVD
Sometimes miracles don't have to be big or obvious to happen -- they can just be a nudge in the right direction.

That seems to be the message of "Henry Poole Is Here," a bittersweet little dramedy about a lonely, embittered man who refuses to believe in miracles, until the source of them starts to change his own life. While the semi-religious content isn't overwhelming, the story drags out too long with too many lingering shots of Luke Wilson looking sad.

Diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, Henry Poole (Wilson) moves into a house in his old neighborhood, saying that he "won't be here long." But then his neighbor Esperanza (Adriana Barraza) sees a stain on his wall, and proclaims that it's the face of Christ. She even calls in her local priest (George Lopez), who is optimistically skeptical.

Henry is insistent that miracles "just don't happen in real life," especially since he's now dying. But after a recurring spot of blood keeps appearing on the wall, a child starts talking again and a girl suddenly sees clearly. And Henry starts to form a connection with the pretty divorcee next door (Radha Mitchell), before he gets a surprise of his own.

For a dramedy, "Henry Poole Is Here" isn't very amusing or comedic -- it's pretty earnest in its pro-inspiration message, and has quite a few poignant moments (such as Espereranza's reminiscences about her boyfriend). And through the entire story, we follow Henry's transformation from a lonely, sarcastic, embittered man into a guy who might actually be willing to trust that things can turn out right.

I'll admit it, I don't see any shape in the wall stain.
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Luke Wilson is perfect as a man with existential angst, who finds himself surrounded by eccentric neighbours when he moves into a new house. And when one of them discovers something unusual on his property, his life will never be the same again.

This is one of those movies that makes you want to cheer.
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Two hours of great entertainment - great acting, interesting story line, awesome music - adds up to a winner which by todays standards is hard to find.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa3efa818) out of 5 stars 154 reviews
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3de3fb4) out of 5 stars Touching & low-key Oct. 7 2008
By David Bonesteel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3fe9e88) out of 5 stars A sincere film that looked great on BD Jan. 17 2009
By Steve Kuehl - Published on Amazon.com
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). The scenes would have made the film a great deal more believable and would not have been lagging with all of these questions about why this whole event was happening.

Some nice performances, a solid BD, and a worthwhile film make the BD price here on Amazon a steal.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d440e4) out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with sincerity Nov. 2 2008
By L. Stensland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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).
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d7b96c) out of 5 stars What's it take to move from sadness to hope? Jan. 26 2009
By K. Barr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d7b954) out of 5 stars Small film - better than most Nov. 2 2008
By Rex Quon Do - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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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