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THE BOOK OF HENRY

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THE BOOK OF HENRY

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 105m 14s

Release date 23/06/2017

BBFCInsight emotionally upsetting scenes, child abuse references, strong language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Colin Trevorrow

Cast includes Lee Pace, Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Dean Norris, Maddie Ziegler, Sarah Silverman

Summary THE BOOK OF HENRY is a US drama in which a boy enlists his mother's help in a plan to save their young neighbour.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 13/06/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE BOOK OF HENRY is a US drama in which a boy enlists his mother's help in a plan to save their young neighbour.

Theme

It is strongly implied that a young girl is being abused by her stepfather. Two scenes depict people watching the house and reacting in horror when they see the man enter the girl's bedroom. Infrequent verbal references are made to bruises on the girl's body. The issue is treated with discretion and no abuse is shown.

Potentially distressing scenes occur after an 11-year-old boy is diagnosed with a terminal illness. There are further scenes of bereavement following the boy's death.

Language

There is infrequent use of strong language, including one partially elided use of 'motherf**ker'. Milder bad language includes 'pricks', 'bitch', 'douchebag', 'shit' and use of the rude 'middle finger' gesture.

An off-screen suicide is indicated by the sound of a gunshot. A woman is depicted planning and preparing to shoot a man before changing her mind. Other issues include brief mild scenes of bullying, infrequent comic drug references, and infrequent references to alcoholism.

Details

Title
THE BOOK OF HENRY
Year
2017
Distributor(s)
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Classified date(s)
24/05/2017
Main language
English
Submitted run time
105m 14s
Approved footage
9471+0
BBFC reference
AFF351012
Registration number
CFJ42238

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