“Henry Joseph Church could have been anything he wanted. He chose to cook. The key he said, jazz.” He was the one person she could always count on. Based on a true story ‘Mr. Church’ tells the story a unique friendship that develops when a dying woman hires a cook to help care for her 11-year-old daughter.
“When Mr. Church came into our live I wanted him gone. But over time I couldn’t imagine life without him.” What begins as an arrangement that should only last six months, instead spans fifteen years. Eddie Murphy plays the title role, Mr. Church, who begins cooking meals for 11-year-old Charlotte (called Charlie) and her mother, Marie (Natascha McElhone) in the early 1970s.
“Through it all I never knew mama was sick. I never knew anything until much later. My mom had been the sun to me. And Mr. Church he was like the moon. Cool, calm and always there.” As the older Charlie (Britt Robertson) continues to navigate through life without Marie, she comes to rely on the quiet and service-oriented Mr. Church for far more than the preparation of meals.
“No matter where life takes you, no matter how hard it gets you can always find your way back home.” “You gave me the most important thing life can offer. You gave me a family.” The narrative unfolds over 15 years as Henry becomes a surrogate father. The screenplay by Susan McMartin is based on her experiences with the chef that came to live with her and her mother when she was a child. Eddie Murphy replaced Samuel L. Jackson as the title character in the Indie drama directed by Bruce Beresford with a cast that also includes: Lucy Fry, Christian Madsen and Xavier Samuel. ‘Mr. Church’ was released in theaters September 16, 2016. And is now available on Digital HD, On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD.
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