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Mr. Church (2016)

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"Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Henry Church
Britt Robertson ... Charlie
Natascha McElhone ... Marie
Xavier Samuel ... Owen
Lucy Fry ... Poppy
Christian Madsen ... Eddie Larson
Mckenna Grace ... Izzy (as McKenna Grace)
Natalie Coughlin ... Young Charlie
Madison Wolfe ... Young Poppy
Lincoln Melcher ... Young Owen
Kathleen McMartin Kathleen McMartin ... Mrs. Dickerman
Sara Shearer Sara Shearer ... Gibby
Kelly Lester ... Doctor
Aileen Burdock ... Waitress
Michael Leone ... Michael


"Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He was the one person she could always count on.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

11 November 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cook See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,378, 16 September 2016

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Anspaugh was previously attached to direct, but pulled out. See more »


A hand model's hand was visibly used in the shot where Charlie is seated on a bench browsing a magazine. Charlie can be seen browsing the magazine with full view of her hands, yet after Eddie comments "Sure", it cuts to another woman's hands resting on the page. See more »


Charlie: People act strange around death. There are those who talk about everything... but the person who died. Those who talk about only the person who died. Those who try to cheer you up. And those who can't help but make you cry. And then there are those who say nothing at all. Because they don't have to
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Featured in Hollywood Express: Episode #14.32 (2016) See more »


Written by Eddie del Barrio, Maurice White and Verdine White
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire (as Earth, Wind & Fire)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Wow! When was the last time Eddie Murphy was in a movie this good!?
18 September 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I went to my local theater and saw a poster for Mr. Church, with Eddie Murphy's face as big as day on it. Never even herd of this movie and the lack of campaigning from anywhere was strange for me as I sill feel Murphy has that movie star status, but he chooses to do this very quiet under the radar film, that's totally worth seeing.

It's a story told by Charlotte Brooks, a young girl living with her mother, who had a relationship with a married man and got written into his will, that a cook, played by Murphy would prepare meals for her until she dies, which was supposed to be in six mouths do to breast cancer but ended up being way longer and the experience would create a lifelong friendship for all evolved.

Very heart pulling motion picture about the type of friendships that you make with certain people that make them family.

Eddie Murphy picked real good with this one. He could have some new legs in his career if he plays his cards right. After all, Sam Jackson and Morgan Freeman are not getting any younger, and Hollywood will be looking for someone to take their place.

It's definitely a departure greatly from what you expect from Murphy. Not the adult laughs of Beverly Hills Cop or the family get together of the Nutty Professor. Murphy might be on the poster but he takes the role of supporting Britt Roberson as she tells Charlotte Brooks story, but his performance is not phoned in at all, showcasing the magic that made him a force worth seeing back in the day.

I'm very impress as I did not think I would get an amazing film out of Mr. Church.

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