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Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015)

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Two teenage boys, preacher's kid Henry Gamble (Cole Doman) and his friend Gabe (Joe Keery), have a sleepover the night before Henry's seventeenth birthday pool party. Typical teenage boy chat quickly turns sexual, and it's silently implied that Henry, on a search for identity, has a crush on Gabe. As dawn arrives on the day of the party, Henry's mom Kat (Elizabeth Laidlaw) wakes in a state of limbo, middle-aged, with a secret. A little while later, Pastor Bob (Pat Healy, CHEAP THRILLS) is making breakfast, and they are joined by Henry's 19-year-old sister Autumn (Nina Ganet), home from college for the party. Later that afternoon, as guests arrive - both from the church, as well as Henry's own "secular" friends - and day turns to night, Henry carefully navigate the religious strictures and sexual secrets of his community, as do the adults and teenagers of the party, all struggling to tread the public and private, and their longing, despite themselves and their faith, for earthly love.

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Cast

Pat Healy
as Bob Gamble
Francis Guinan
as Larry Montgomery
Kelly O'Sullivan
as Candice Noble

Critic Reviews for Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Cone-himself a preacher's son whose features generally explore Christian milieus-doesn't condescend while tracing the moment when faith becomes an obstacle to self-realization.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
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Cone, the son of a Southern Baptist choir director, has by no means made a faith-based movie, but he's made one that treats faith seriously and without condescension.

June 3, 2016 | Full Review…

"Henry Gamble's Birthday Party" feels sincere but not accomplished, empathetic but not deep.

January 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Cone, who is bighearted toward but not uncritical of his Bible-thumping characters, has a keen sense of seemingly incongruous details ...

January 5, 2016 | Full Review…

The acting is so naturalistic and the various subplots are so well balanced that the confused piety of the characters gradually begins to feel like anyone else's everyday problems.

October 15, 2015 | Full Review…

[Stephen] Cone's nuanced script and his sure touch with his actors...is always a pleasure to bask in, as are many of the naturalistic performances.

April 13, 2016 | Full Review…

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