Movie Review Flashback- Regarding Henry (1991)

Regarding Henry is a 1991 drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by J.J. Abrams. It features music by Hans Zimmer and was released by Paramount Pictures.

Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) is a shrewd and sometimes unethical attorney in New York City. He ignores his wife Sarah (Annette Bening) and daughter Rachel (Mikki Allen) after winning a big medical malpractice case. While running to a store to buy cigarettes, he is shot and suffers brain damage. During his recovery, he befriends his therapist Bradley (Bill Nunn). Following the attack, Henry is clearly a different person. He is childlike, more compassionate, and more empathetic. He returns to work, but upon learning about his past self, is horrified to discover what he had become, especially when Rachel goes to a boarding school. As he adjusts, Henry begins to wonder about his position in life and what it means to his family.

Harrison Ford is brilliant in this movie. He performs the narcissistic attorney turned everyman perfectly, shining a light on his incredible talent as Henry. He dives into the role and definitely shows how he can perform virtually two roles in one. The rest of the cast does a good job, but there is no question that Ford was the shining star of the feature.

When the movie came out, critics were tepid to it and most seemed to praise the actors while condemning the story. It is easy to see why. It calls out the hypocrisy of the elite. While they claim to feel for the “regular folks,” they mock them and offer no solutions to their issues. The mainstream critics are part of this and no doubt they were furious that a movie exposed them,

Despite their whining, the movie actually performed well at the box office, making over triple its budget. It is no surprise to wonder why. It is the story of a man who is consumed by his desk job, only for his real self to come to light after a tragedy. It is not perfect, but that is story about how a tragedy can make a family stronger.

Bottom line, Regarding Henry is an enthralling story of a man wrapped up in work and how tragedy can bring about unity within a family.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some foul language, Violence, Rude humor

FAVORITE QUOTE: One of the things I do remember is my first day at school. There were all these weird-looking kids and I didn’t know any of them and they didn’t know me. I was scared, but after two days, we were all laughing about how scared we were. Everybody feels like you do, honey. Everybody.

Check out the trailer below:

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