Henry Poole is Here – 2008

I’m always on the lookout for films I think my mother will like.  She enjoys watching movies but doesn’t pay a lot of attention to new films that come out unless I bring them up.  So for that I’m sorry (and surprised) that I missed this film when it first came out.  The storyline is right up my mother’s alley and I think she’ll really enjoy this one.

If someone put a gun to my head and forced me to pick a favorite Wilson brother, in spite of his stupid AT&T commercials, Luke would win.  Nothing against Owen, he’s perfectly delightful in the Night at the Museum movies and he seems a bit tortured in real life, I just find Luke (and most of the characters he chooses to play) more appealing (My Dog Skip was the first time I saw Luke and though the role was relatively small, it made an impact on me).

So between Luke Wilson starring in it and it’s themes about spirituality and faith, I was drawn to watch this movie.  I didn’t hate it…but I didn’t love it.  I liked Wilson’s character…and the supporting characters (I enjoyed the casting in this film a lot…we even get a cameo by 70s film constant Richard Benjamin as Wilson’s doctor – as an aside, Richard Benjamin is still married to Paula Prentiss and has been for over 40 years.  Also, Paula Prentiss is 72 years old!) and I didn’t feel the “believe” message was too heavy handed.

I was slightly disappointed in the ending but, ultimately, it was a feel good movie that, yes, made me feel good.

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