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The Book Of Henry trailer takes a seriously unexpected turn

Seriously, what the hell is going on in The Book Of Henry? On a surface level, we understand that the movie is about an 11-year-old genius named Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) who takes care of his waitress mom Susan (Naomi Watts) and his younger brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay)—and his family’s finances, apparently. So protective is Henry, that he feels compelled to take charge when he concludes that his next-door neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler) is being abused by her stepfather Glenn (Dean Norris).


Dig into that premise a little deeper, though, and this thing starts to get all kinds of dark. There’s the odd relationship between Henry and his mother, for starters—at one point, she tells her [pal Sheila (Sarah Silverman) that Henry is the only man she needs in her life—which apparently extends to Susan committing murder at her eldest boy’s bidding. At least, that’s what’s implied by the trailer, which swerves from Spielbergian whimsy (just check out the poster) to a pint-sized Rear Window in the span of just over two and a half minutes.

So this is what Colin Trevorrow’s been up to in between Jurassic World and Star Wars: Episode IX, and it hits theaters on June 16.