Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Toni Collette has already starred in one of the more successful offbeat dysfunctional family comedies in recent years, Little Miss Sunshine, but she’s returning to the territory in Dennis Lee‘s Jesus Henry Christ. Jason Spevack stars as her son, an oddball child prodigy who discovers that he comes from a sperm bank. He sets out to find his biological dad (Michael Sheen), and in the bargain discovers a new sister (Samantha Weinstein) as well. A new trailer has dropped in advance of Jesus Henry Christ‘s April VOD release, and you can watch it after the jump.
[via We Are Movie Geeks]
I’m getting the feeling that Jesus Henry Christ might be too precious for its own good. I generally loathe precocious movie children, and even the official synopsis for this film acknowledges that “[p]recocious doesn’t even begin to describe Henry James Herman.” There’s also the matter that the weird family saga is a premise that’s been done to death, and though Jesus Henry Christ seems to load up on the quirk, it’s not clear what else it adds to the subgenre.
On the other hand, there seems to be a genuine sweetness in some of the performances here, particularly in the scenes between Spevack and Weinstein. Reviews from last year’s Tribeca Film Festival seem to agree, with Variety praising the actors even as it calls the overall picture ”too deliberately eccentric” and Spout noting that the four leads deserve better.
Jesus Henry Christ hits VOD on April 20. Head to the movie’s official Facebook page for more details.
Precocious doesn’t even begin to describe Henry James Herman, a petri dish child who writes rabble-rousing manifestos on the nature of truth… at age 10. This boy-genius misfit’s world turns upside down when—to the dismay of the doting single mother who raised him—he embarks on a search for his biological father.