Regarding Henry

Please disregard. Directed with annoying slickness by Nichols, REGARDING HENRY concerns a ruthless lawyer's rehabilitation and redemption. There's much amiss here, with a long catalog of contrived situations that make this film a tough act to swallow. You could swear you're in the wrong movie. As the camera pans the richly panelled courtroom, you hear Harrison...read more

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Please disregard. Directed with annoying slickness by Nichols, REGARDING HENRY concerns a ruthless lawyer's rehabilitation and redemption. There's much amiss here, with a long catalog of contrived situations that make this film a tough act to swallow.

You could swear you're in the wrong movie. As the camera pans the richly panelled courtroom, you hear Harrison Ford before you see him, declaiming with deadpan monotony on justice just as he did in PRESUMED INNOCENT. Deja vu? But wait! You notice slight differences. A sleek Armani suit. Dark,

slicked-back hair. Perhaps a tinge of smugness as Harrison ever so adroitly convinces a jury the plaintiff is in the wrong. No, it's not Rusty Sabich; it's Henry Turner, counsel for the defense, and as slippery a character, inside or outside the courtroom, as you could hope to meet. His penance?

He get a bullet in the head during a robbery and out pops Henry-puppy.

Somehow the now-childlike Henry's brush with death lightens his hair color and leads him to part it in the middle, hayseed style. Novice screenwriter Abrams would actually have us believe in this 90s flower child. In one particularly precious, overlong interval, Henry plods his way phonetically

through a Dr. Seuss primer with his daughter Rachel's (Allen, excellent) help. After painfully deciphering the word "mother," he prances about with fatuous glee exclaiming "I can read! I can read!" then proceeds to read everything in sight--including a nearby can of Ajax. Before you know it he's

cleaning house at the law firm as well. That Ajax is some product, they say.

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  • Released: 1991
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Please disregard. Directed with annoying slickness by Nichols, REGARDING HENRY concerns a ruthless lawyer's rehabilitation and redemption. There's much amiss here, with a long catalog of contrived situations that make this film a tough act to swallow. You… (more)

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