The Six Wives of Henry Lefay

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A grieving daughter tries to arrange her father's funeral, while putting up with all of his ex-wives.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.0/10 (1,371 voted)

Director: Howard Michael Gould

Stars: Tim Allen, Barbara Barrie, Elisha Cuthbert

Henry Lefay has been married before. Depending on how you count, he's been married either five or six times. So when Henry is vacationing in Mexico and gets killed in a para-sailing accident, things get awfully complicated for all the wives involved. His daughter, Barbie, feels guilty for getting mad at him over his womanizing ways, and she feels responsible for keeping the funeral an honorable and dignified affair. But one crazy ex-wife, one hateful ex-wife, two first wives, one current wife, and one future wife all have their own plans for how Henry Lefay should be put to rest.

Tim Allen - Henry
Barbara Barrie - Mae
Elisha Cuthbert - Barbara
Jenna Dewan-Tatum - Sarah Jane (as Jenna Dewan)
Jenna Elfman - Ophelia
Edward Herrmann - Goodenough
Andie MacDowell - Kate
Chris Klein - Stevie
S. Epatha Merkerson - Effa
Larry Miller - Lipschutz
Eric Christian Olsen - Lloyd
Lindsay Sloane - Autumn
Paz Vega - Veronica
T. Anthony Quinn - Officer Pinky (as Tony Quinn)
Peter Kybart - Minister

Taglines: Can't live with them - can't live without them.

Release Date: 18 June 2009

Filming Locations: Banner Stationers, Main St., El Segundo, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Continuity: When Ophilia is having a tantrum and throwing staffed animals at Henry, a quick cut goes to a man with ice cream in his left hand and his right hand dangling at his side. Within a split second, the ice cream is open and he has a spoonful in his right hand near his face.

[first lines]
Lipschutt: Gorgeous hotel, huh?
Henry Lefay: Yeah. I spent my honeymoon here. Actually, two of my honeymoons were here.
Lipschutt: We went to Pittsburgh, but very much like this.

User Review

Funny, but not wise or emotionally profound

Rating: 6/10

When "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay" is just a screwball comedy, it's actually pretty good. Every ex-wife has something to add to the hilarity and absurdity, and Tim Allen is the best he's been in years as the unapologetic Lothario, Henry Lefay.

Jenna Elfman is the crazy ex-wife, Ophelia, she could very well be his one true love except for when she's chasing him around the house with a carving knife. Andie MacDowell is her usual self, trying to bring stability as the mother of Henry's child. Lindsay Sloane is particularly hilarious as the naive and current but soon-to-be ex wife. However the star of this movie is Elisha Cuthbert, Barbie, Henry's daughter. She has had it with him marrying women younger than her, lying to her, and tricking her into trying to break up with a wife for him. She's at her best as a tough, together, independent woman when she as to arrange her father's funeral while trying to appease all the wives.

Cuthbert is great as Barbie, and the movie really is about her, but she's the only character with any kind of depth. When "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay" tries to be a touching drama, it fails miserably. There is nothing particularly thoughtful about this film, and all the wives are painfully painted one-dimensionally, and I don't think they were supposed to be.

"The Six Wives of Henry Lefay" is funny, but it's not particularly wise or emotionally profound.


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