Director #ColinTrevorrow decides to take a short break from large budget films like Jurassic World to delve into his newest indie film project, The Book of Henry. Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, and Jacob Tremblay as a single mother and her two young sons. #JaedenLieberher plays Henry, an 11-year-old boy genius who has a hyper focus on the ideas of good and evil, and what his legacy should be to his family. His mother Susan (#NaomiWatts) is a woman who has disempowered herself to allow Henry to become this guiding male figure in their lives. When Henry suspects that there is something strange happening to the girl next door, he decides to create a plan and he pulls his mother in for the task.
The film delves into the ideas of parentification of children, and that impact on what it does to both the child and parents. Issues of role reversals and maturity are peppered throughout #TheBookOfHenry.
PREMISE: In a small suburban town, a precocious 11-year-old boy, named Henry Carpenter, and his younger brother, Peter, are being raised by their single mother, Susan, who works as a waitress. Henry has a crush on their next-door neighbor Christina Sickleman, a girl around his age, who is the stepdaughter of the police commissioner. To protect Christina from harm at the hands of her abusive stepfather, Glenn, Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her that he writes in a book. Henry's mother discovers the book and decides that she and Peter will put Henry's scheme into motion.