Horrid Henry: the Movie

Horrid Henry: the Movie

Nick Moore (2011)

U Certificate


Our Score
This charmless "naughty schoolboy" saga is aimed at primary school children, and often looks like it was made by them - though not in any positive way. In fact, it's hard to see how such an oddly old-fashioned film will connect with today's kids (certainly the younger members of the audience were oddly quiet), though familiarity with the character's book and animated-TV origins will help. Theo Stevenson (relatively new to the big screen) plays Henry, and is OK, and there is a plot - of sorts - but it smacks of being made up as they went along. Henry's umpteenth failure to hand in his homework leads to the sacking of firm-but-fair teacher Miss Battle-Axe (Anjelica Huston), the threatened closure of his school, and the near success of a dastardly plot by the fiendish Vic Van Wrinkle (Richard E Grant), head of the nearby fee-paying establishment, to poach the school's pupils for money-making purposes. Of course, only Henry and his Purple Hand Gang can save the day. Not quite Horrid, but this Henry comes close. Accompanying adults may wish they'd opted for triple detention.


The mischievous little boy discovers his school is faced with closure and the pupils will be forced to go to an evil headmaster's strict academy. To avoid this fate, he enters into an alliance with his classroom arch-enemy and hatches a plan to save the school. Comedy based on the series of children's books, starring Theo Stevenson, Richard E Grant and Anjelica Huston.

Cast & Crew

Horrid Henry Theo Stevenson
Vic Van Wrinkle Richard E Grant
Miss Battleaxe Anjelica Huston
Moody Margaret Scarlett Stitt
Miss Lovely Parminder Nagra
Miss Oddbod Rebecca Front
Ed Banger Noel Fielding
Great Aunt Greta Prunella Scales
Director Nick Moore
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vertigo FilmsAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Children's Drama