Henry Fool

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Released 1997

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Director:
Hal Hartley
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Henry Fool is a 1997 dark comedy starring Thomas Jay Ryan in a story about a passionate novelist frustrated with his lack of success in the literary world and his confusion about what success even means. Henry Fool (Ryan) is a dark character with a criminal history. He's devoted to his art but can never break into the mainstream. Henry runs into a garbageman named Simon Grim (James Urbaniak), and the two social outcasts strike up a friendship. Henry teaches Simon about literature, a world of expression that Simon is immediately drawn to. However, when rough-around-the-edges Simon quickly ascends to dizzying heights of popularity and acclaim for his poetry, Henry Fool is left feeling abandoned and untalented, still incapable of finding a market for his own work. Parker Posey co-stars as Fay Grim, Simon's sister and Henry's love interest. Henry Fool is written and directed by Hal Hartley, who also wrote and directed the sequel, Fay Grim.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    This film aspires to be a meditation on (among other things) art, trust, loyalty, politics and popular culture. With utter simplicity, and with unexpectedly intense storytelling, i...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The result is a career milestone [for Hal Hartley] and a film that could become a landmark in American independent cinema.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    Poetic, bawdy, contemplative, often side-wrenchingly funny and finally quite touching, this tale about a nerdy garbage man whose life is changed by an egocentric hobo philosopher i...

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    Dark Comedy, Romantic Comedy