This colorful, modern family comedy revolves around 10-year-old boy genius Henry James Herman (Jason Spevack) and his fervently left-wing single mother Patricia (Toni Collette), who works at the local university's cafeteria. A misfit from birth, Henry's precocious, rabble-rousing ways catch up with him when he gets kicked out of school for writing "Manifestos on the Nature of Truth." Meanwhile, 12-year-old Audrey (Samantha Weinstein) has her own problems because of her single father, university professor Dr. Slavkin O'Hara (Michael Sheen), who used her as the test subject for his best-selling book Born Gay or Made that Way? Needless to say, she gets a not-so-nice nickname from her classmates. When Henry scores a scholarship to the university as a child prodigy, the two families cross paths and everything they knew about their lives is thrown to the wind.
Writer/director Dennis Lee gives all characters their fair share of snappy dialogue and off-the-wall moments of hilarity, spiking the film with playful charm and visual flair. Collette and Sheen effortlessly flex their comedic muscles with bright newcomers Spevack and Weinstein in this whimsical tale.
Film InformationYear: 2011
Length: 91 minutes
Cast & CreditsPrimary Cast: Toni Collette, Michael Sheen, Jason Spevack, Samantha Weinstein, Frank Moore
Director: Dennis Lee
Screenwriter: Dennis Lee
Producer: Phil Rose, Lisa Gillan, Sukee Chew
Executive Producer: Julia Roberts, Deepak Nayar
About the Director(s)
DENNIS LEE attended Columbia University, where his thesis short film version of Jesus Henry Christ won a Student Academy Award®. He moved to LA as an ABC/Disney Television Directing Fellow and made his feature film debut with Fireflies in the Garden, which starred Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts.