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Cast
Keanu Reeves
Judy Greer
Vera Farmiga.
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Malcolm Venville.
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Sacha Gervasi
David N. White.
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Henry's Crime
Keanu Reeves hits the stage


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Plot
Passionless and directionless, Henry (Reeves) works as a toll-both operator and goes home every night to a loving but frustrated wife (Greer). But when he's caughts as an unwitting accessory to a bank robbery and thrown in jail, he meets a hardened criminal (Caan) who stirs him up.


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Henry's Crime
A quirky, if sluggish crime/character story that strikes sparks once it gets going. Having served a jail term for a bank robbery he didn’t do, Henry (Keanu Reeves) decides he can balance his life by actually pulling off the heist... which, thanks to contrived plotting, leads him to a co-starring role in a small-town production of The Cherry Orchard opposite local leading lady Julie (Vera Farmiga). The robbery has to be committed on opening night, but Henry has fallen for Julie – though he feels no guilt about ripping off the cash, he starts having qualms about ruining the play. Reeves is a little too inexpressive even for his withdrawn character, but Henry’s Crime is worth catching for turns from a committed Farmiga – seriously, producers, start giving this woman A-material – and mercurial but hard-edged James Caan.


Verdict
An offbeat comedy/drama elevated by another terrific Varmiga turn.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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