First Trailer and Poster for JESUS HENRY CHRIST Starring Michael Sheen and Toni Collette

     March 20, 2012


The first trailer and poster for the comedy-drama Jesus Henry Christ have gone online. The film centers on a child genius who sets out to find his biological father, only to discover the he was the result of a sperm donation. Toni Collette plays the boy’s mother, while Michael Sheen plays the “father.” The film was directed by Dennis Lee (Fireflies in the Garden), but the trailer looks like a complete rip off of a Wes Anderson movie; the framing seems almost identical. The premise is a good enough starting point, but I can’t help but shake the feeling that the whole thing plays like one of those Redbox knock-offs that looks like a real movie, but is actually just a watered-down imitation of the real thing. Sheen and Collette are immensely talented so I’d be more than happy to be proven wrong, but this trailer isn’t doing it for me.

Hit the jump for the trailer and poster. The film also stars Jason Spevack and Samantha Weinstein.

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Here’s the synopsis for Jesus Henry Christ:

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.


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  • Debo

    Adam, you’re definitely right about some similarities between this and Anderson’s work. I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s a rip-off. Anderson’s visual style has significant influence on other filmmakers, but I wouldn’t get all revved up about someone sharing the same visual aesthetic. There were many shots in this trailer that I’ve never seen in an Anderson film (dolly shots, etc). Creative borrowing is nothing new. Christopher Nolan cites a lot of his inspiration comes from Terrence Malick and from the pro-logue of The Dark Knight, it definitely has a tinge of Heat to it. I’m getting a lot of negative bias from your opinion (which is fine), but maybe an explanation as to why?

  • HCK

    Oh, great! Another indie film about a quirky family and how they come together! How original!

  • Christopher

    Jesus Henry Christ? That’s a blasphemous name!

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  • bob

    OMG i can’t stand this!! another poster made of drawings like juno, sideways, savages, napoleon dynamite, The Squid and the Whale, year of the dog, happiness. Indie artists need to come up with some new trendy shit.

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  • Jason

    “Sheen and Collette are immensely talented”

    lol. No they’re not. Both are huge hams who consistently overact. Really, this should be on Lifetime or straight to dvd.