Angie Kathleen L. from OREM, UT Reviewed on 3/24/2015...
Regarding Henry---an all-time favorite!
A story that begins with the hard edge and resulting family friction of a dog-eat-dog world-view, slips into tragedy and emerges with the soft glow of a thankful sunrise over a totally unexpected horizon.
My favorite scene shows a repeat of the daughter spilling a drink at dinner. The first time she is humiliated by her father. The second time she is nurtured. The amazing transitions among the family members are contrasted by the lack of change by those at Henry's once all-important law firm.
Miri R. from MARIETTA, GA Reviewed on 1/8/2013...
Terrific movie. All the actors are very convincing. Harrison Ford led a great cast. Very uplifting story with a message. I've seen it many times, and I always enjoy it.
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Sometimes the worst curse is your truest blessing
Anthony Hinde | Sydney, Australia | 10/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite being less well known, "Regarding Henry" is one of Harrison Ford's best works. The film demands a wide spectrum from this great actor and he delivers convincingly. For the most part, the other performers take their cue from Ford's "Henry" and render a near perfect glimpse of a life that could have been.The tile character, Henry Turner, is introduced to us as a top-flight litigator for a large New York legal firm. He is well groomed, dressed in a designer suit and he is seen speaking sincerely to a jury about human desires and justice. Our opinion of him changes as soon as Henry leaves the court. He quickly makes a call to his interior designer to berate her for having the wrong table delivered to his palatial home. He is just another lawyer, after all.It is hard to watch this movie at the start. Henry is one of those men we all love to hate. He is selfish, self centered, successful and confident. His daughter is frightened of him and his wife is a pale reflection of him. Luckily we are not forced to watch this Henry for very long. He makes the classic movie exit and "goes out for some cigarettes."What follows is a scene that is perfectly directed. Henry walks into a corner store demanding his brand of cigarettes, unaware that the other patron is robbing the owner. Henry does not become scared but before he can even attempt to control the situation, he is lying on the sidewalk with two bullets inside his body and the wail of approaching sirens in the background. This event is the cusp of Henry's life.Annette Bening plays Henry's Wife, Sarah. She may not be in love with her husband anymore but she needs him. As her financial position becomes clear, she realizes she needs him very much. But she is not unaffected by it all. This is the man in her life, the father of her child, a good provider and protector. Seeing him lying motionless in a hospital bed, drooling and staring vacantly, is probably the most painful thing she has ever experienced. But there is some hope of recovery.Henry's long rejuvenation at a specialty medical center is like a rebirth. He remembers nothing, coming into his new world without the power of speech or the ability to walk. His midwife/physiotherapist, Bradley, is wonderful. He is full of life, energy and enthusiasm. As Henry is taught to walk and speak and function, Bradely becomes the mainstay of his life. Sarah keeps her distance and Henry doesn't get to see his daughter, (Rachel), at all until the day he is deemed fit to go home, a scary separation from the only people he trusts.But the Henry that returns to a home he barely remembers, is not the same man that left for cigarettes. He is a little shy, very calm, forgiving, gentle and above all, nice. His transformation is interpreted in different ways by different groups. The movie serves as an interesting depiction of how society views disabilities. His boss is patronizing, his daughter delighted, his mistress is distraught and for the longest time, Sarah doesn't know what to feel.The ending may be predictable but in this case, it is the journey that we love. Most of us feel we have lost our innocence and that our honor has been a little tarnished by life's decisions. Henry takes us on a trip to see what might happen if we surrendered all the hard won prizes in our life and instead, chose to embrace life itself. This is a film that will make you feel. Some days, that's just what we need."
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Toniann Scime | Amherst, NY United States | 06/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't one of Harrison Ford's bigger hits, but it should be, at least within the dramatic genre. Sure, he's Indiana Jones, and he's Han Solo, but outside of those series, Ford's movie choices have occasionally left this fan, at least, scratching her head (Sabrina? What were you thinking!?). "Regarding Henry" is a rare little gem of a story, a simple film about a man whose life changes, believe it or not, for the better when he's shot and nearly killed by dint of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ford's Henry Turner takes us through a life he doesn't remember, including a daughter and a wife played by an impossibly young and fresh-faced Annette Bening.Sure, it's a little sentimental. But it's a pretty simple story with a positive feel. Filmed on location in New York City, the Manhattan scenery is rather delightful as well.It's not film noir, it's not a tour de force of characterization, and no, it's not Academy Award winning screenwriting. But it is a thoroughly enjoyable movie, one Ford doesn't have any reason to be ashamed of."
Moving story proves anyone can have a change of heart
Shelley Gammon | Kaufman, Texas USA | 07/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A prominent, but stony-hearted lawyer is an innocent standbyer in a liquor store hold up and gets shot in the head. The scene is unforgettable and will stay with you long after you've seen the film. He's stunned and doesn't quite realize he's been hit, then you see this little trail of blood trickling from his forehead... next scene, he's in the hospital suffering from amnesia.Far from being a love-tap to the noggin, Henry must go through months of agonizing physical therapy to re-learn how to talk and think straight again. While his memory comes back in tiny little pieces, he mostly remembers nothing of his past life and is re-introduced to his wife and daughter, who ironically enough, were already strangers to him before he was shot.Along with the good memories, the previous emotional baggage has been erased as well and Henry finds himself falling in love with his wife all over again, and falling in love with the daughter he never appreciated. He becomes fearless and fun-loving and must face the person he used to be as he realizes that even though he has changed, others are treating him like the old, spiteful Henry. The film says a lot to the viewer emotionally. We either hold on to the things we hate, yet are comfortable with, or we abandon the garbage and start our lives with a fresh perspective, letting those who choose to scoff us sluff off like barnacles. Too many people simply go through life, plodding along, going through the motions and never really live and enjoy the important things that life has too offer. The film makes you think... you can start off with life a-new, without the help of a bullet if you're so determined. This is a sweet family film that I highly recommend."
Triumph can come from tragedy
Melinda Kohn | USA | 03/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From seemingly horrific circumstances, can come something better, if you know where to look. Henry Turner is a very hard man to like in the beginning of this movie, and so is his wife. As a result of walking into a seemingly random accident, ("going out for cigarettes," it seems smoking means nothing but a bad person anymore) Henry begins a long and arduous recovery process from a brain injury. Along the way to finding out what he once was, he finds that what he once was is something he no longer cares to be. Watching his wife, his daughter, his colleagues, friends, and even his beagle dog along the way is something pretty special to see as Henry moves along to deal with all the circumstances in his life that he previously sought to ignore. This movie, to me, seems to be about a redemption that is possible for all of us. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes drama with a good ending, which is not always possible in reality. I think Henry is all about hope and change for the better. This is a good movie that is not one of the best, but one that you remember long after having viewed it. Good performances of the Henry character and also of his physical therapist, who helped him move into his new life with courage and strength."
You'll never look at Ritz crackers the same
John McConnell | Boston, MA | 09/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OPENING SCENE: Henry the Proud knowingly, cold-bloodedly, and methodically demolishes an innocent welfare family before a jury.
CLOSING SCENE: Henry the Humble graciously and sincerely assists this family.
Regarding Henry makes clear we spend our lives misplacing our affections. The only people who truly care about and love Henry before his accident are his wife and daughter; he spends his time with everyone else. They are also the only ones who care about and love Henry after his accident, when his formerly "faithful" business colleagues abandon him - his cold-blooded instincts and machiavellian legal talents having been destroyed by his accident (brain anoxia due to a damaged subclavian artery). As in Dustin Hoffman's Rainman and Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump, there is humor and much innocence. Innocence is moving when its vehicle is an adult rather than a child: It's rarer.
But there *is* one other character who cares about and loves Henry: His earthy, streetsmart physical therapist Bradley, who patiently and lovingly teaches Henry to walk, talk, and even think again. On their daily strolls around the sanitarium where Henry is recuperating gradually, Bradley always ogles the cute young nurses, constantly telling the still-mute and barely-able-to-walk Henry, "I gotta get me some o' that!" Later, it becomes My Fair Lady in reverse when, after several weeks of this operant conditioning, a cute young nurse jogs past the two of them and Henry very innocently mumbles to Bradley, "Yeah, you gotta get you some o' that". But make no mistake, Bradley has a heart of gold, he enhances this film with his infectious joie-de-vivre, and his humanity saves Henry. Harrison Ford delivers a touching and convincing performance here.
A very human film that deftly avoids mawkish sentimentality as we watch a legal devil incarnate become an angel."