“The Book of Henry” Movie Review + Red Carpet

Last night, recent Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) graduate Kimberly Nolasco attended the red carpet and L.A. Film Festival opening night and world premiere of Focus Features’ The Book of Henry at ArcLight Culver City for Westside Mommy. To see more information about the movie click here for my previous post about the movie. Below is Kimberly’s review.

Review by Kimberly Nolasco

“The Book of Henry” is about Susan, a single mom of two, who grapples with the idea of being a parent when she relies on her genius 11-year old son Henry, for financial and investment advice. The overall mis-en-scène evoked the sense that as a parent it is hard to say no to your children. Sometimes you want to trust your children with everything you have, and you want to listen to make sure they have everything and get what they want, but sometimes you have to recall that in the end you are the parent and you call the shots. Her indecisiveness as a parent eventually unfolds in the movie to her realizing she can say no to her kids, something that all moms alike can relate to. Like Gregg Hurwitz, the writer of the movie, says, “it’s a love song to single moms”. It is a very innovative movie, almost realistic, and very different from the masses seen now-a-days. Its originality is what makes it a spectacular must see move.”

Red Carpet

Actor Dean Norris on the red carpet of Focus Features The Book of Henry. photo credit: Kimberly Nolasco


with actor Jacob Tremblay. photo courtesy of Kathy Copcutt Belairmommie.com


with writer of The Book of Henry, Gregg Hurwitz. photo courtesy of Kathy Copcutt Belairmommie.com

Red Carpet (group) interview recorded by Kimberly Nolasco:

Director Colin Trevorrow’s biggest takeaway from making this film:

Writer Gregg Hurwitz on what makes “The Book of Henry” different from other coming-of-parenthood stories:

Writer Gregg Hurwitz on revising “The Book of Henry” throughout the years and making adjustments with his life changes:

What actor Jaeden Lieberher liked about the script:

Why actor Jacob Tremblay is excited for fans to see in this movie:

Maddie Ziegler on transitioning from dancing to acting:


The Book of Henry is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed) from an original screenplay by acclaimed novelist Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X).


Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year- old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.

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This post is for informational purposes only. Westside Mommy was not monetarily compensated for this post. Images (besides the red carpet photos) provided by Focus Features. Thank you to Focus Features for inviting us to cover this event.


I am a new mom to a baby girl. I live in West Los Angeles. This blog is about my experiences as a new mom and navigating my way through kid-friendly L.A.

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