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Genre  Comedy, Drama
Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Director  Hal Hartley
Film series  Grim Family Saga
Country  United States
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Release date  September 7, 1997 (1997-09-07) (Toronto Film Festival) June 19, 1998 (1998-06-19)
Characters  Fay Grim, Simon Grim, Henry Fool, Ned, Gnoc Deng
Cast  Thomas Jay Ryan (Henry Fool), James Urbaniak (Simon Grim), Parker Posey (Fay Grim), Maria Porter (Mary), James Saito (Mr. Deng), Kevin Corrigan (Warren)
Similar movies  Irreversible, Heaven's Prisoners, New Best Friend, The Canyons, Sea of Love, Sliver

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Henry Fool is a 1997 American black comedy-drama film written, produced and directed by Hal Hartley, featuring Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, and Parker Posey. As in The Unbelievable Truth, an earlier Hartley film, expectation and reality again conflict.


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The film won the best screenplay award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. A sequel, titled Fay Grim, was released in 2006. Another sequel, titled Ned Rifle, was released in 2014.

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Socially inept garbage-man Simon Grim is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty rogue and untalented novelist. Henry opens the world of literature to Simon, and inspires him to write "the great American poem." Simon struggles to get his work recognized, and it is often dismissed as pornographic and scatological, but Henry continues to push and inspire Simon to get the poem published.

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Henry carries around a bundle of notebooks that he refers to as his "Confession," a work that details aspects of his mysterious past that he one day hopes to publish, when he and the world is ready for them. Henry's hedonistic antics cause all manner of turns in the lives of Simon's family, not least of which is impregnating Fay, Simon's sister.

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As Simon begins an ascent to the dizzying heights of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Henry sinks to a life of drinking in low-life bars as his own attempts at fame result in rejection, even by Simon's publisher who once employed Henry. The friends part ways and lose touch, until Henry’s criminal past catches up with him and he needs Simon’s help to flee the country.


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  • Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry Fool
  • James Urbaniak as Simon Grim
  • Parker Posey as Fay Grim
  • Liam Aiken as Ned
  • Maria Porter as Mary
  • James Saito as Mr. Deng
  • Kevin Corrigan as Warren
  • Camille Paglia as herself
  • Toy Connor as Teenager at World Of Donuts
  • Reception

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    Based on 23 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 88% of critics gave Henry Fool a positive review, with an average rating of 7.4/10. Leonard Maltin gives the film two and a half stars, saying Hartley "just misses the mark".

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