Jesus Henry Christ

A canted coming-of-age tale about a 10-year-old prodigy who sets out to find his biological father, writer-director Dennis Lee's Jesus Henry Christ, executive-produced by Julia Roberts, uses the loose thematic conceit of burgeoning self-identity as a jumping off point for a colorful and at times funny but mostly emotionally hollow exploration of adolescent isolation and yearning for acceptance. It's not that Jesus Henry Christ is at all bad, per se. It's just that its casually whimsical tone and esoteric asides come across less as emblematic of a genuinely original voice and carefully constructed tone, and more like an amalgamation of Little Man Tate, Rocket Science, Running With Scissors and, of course, Rushmore, which will certainly get name-checked in plenty of reviews. For the full, original review, from ShockYa, click here(Entertainment One/Red Om Productions/Reliance Entertainment, PG-13, 100 minutes)

 

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