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Henry Poole Is Here

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When he can’t purchase the home he grew up in, Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) settles for the next best thing — a place on the same block. But why he’s come back to his old Southern California ’hood is a bit of mystery for the first half of this slow-moving film. Things start to come together as he opens up to the single mother (Radha Mitchell) living next door, telling her he might not have long to live because of a terminal illness. When a neighbor sees what appears to be an image of Christ on the wall of his home, nosy neighbors he’d rather have nothing to do with start to bombard him. And when strange “miracles” occur to those who touch the impression, Henry begins to question even his own skepticism. Ultimately sentimental (there are some cheesy flashback scenes), this film takes too many predictable turns in imparting its message about hope and the strength of the human spirit. **

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