Henry Poole Is Here

2008 PG 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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Henry Poole Is Here

2008 PG 1h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Rather than living his last days to the fullest, terminally ill Henry Poole cuts himself off from his fiancée and his family. But his self-imposed exile is interrupted by a fortuitous miracle and a clash with his eccentric, meddling neighbors.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this flawed-but-interesting dramedy takes on a potentially overwhelming topic -- faith -- and manages to make it approachable. It even stirs a bit of hope. That said, it's so geared up for a fight that it misses its chance to be a truly profound discussion movie. In some ways the content is age-appropriate for tweens -- language, violence, and sexual content are all mild -- but in others it's very mature. The main character is a terminally ill man who drinks like a fish and doesn't seem to care about living -- which may feel too tragic, or even scary, for young viewers. Even the religious themes (neighbors are having visions in the main character's back yard) may overwhelm some kids.

Sexual Content

A kiss between two adults who are falling in love.


Hints of a child's troubled childhood; a man on the edge knocks down an entire house by hacking at it with an axe; discussions about a child witnessing horrible fights between her now-divorced parents.


"Jerk" and "damn," and one use of "holy s--t."

Social Behavior

A man who is clearly an alcoholic seems hell-bent on performing a slow suicide by indulging in destructive behavior. He's also anti-social. But he goes through a change, fueled in part by his kindly new neighbors, and he opens his heart in the end.


Labels and signage for Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Super Bueno Market, liquor, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking -- the main character, who is terminally ill and careless about life, drinks vodka and other liquor throughout the day as if it's water.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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