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Jack and Jill vs. the World (2008)

Jack and Jill vs. the World




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A man learns about life and love from someone who has only so much of each to spare in this romantic comedy-drama. Jack (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is an advertising executive in his early Thirties who has grown jaded before his time; he devotes his life to his work but doesn't believe in it, and is trapped in a cycle of habits and routines. One day, Jack meets Jill (Taryn Manning), a beautiful young woman who clearly has no idea how to get around New York; Jack helps give her directions and is soon taken by her charm and enthusiasm for life, even if he's too cynical to share her sunny optimism. Learning that Jill needs a place to stay, Jack offers to let her stay at his place, and while the arrangement is meant to be platonic, it doesn't take long for a romance to blossom between them. Jill encourages them to develop a manifesto for responsible and compassionate living and Jack's heart begins to open up, but when Jill begins disappearing in the evenings he suspects that something is wrong. While Jack imagines at first that Jill's met someone else, the truth is more serious -- she's living with cystic fibrosis and despite regular treatments has only so much time left. Jack and Jill Vs. The World was written, produced and directed by Vanessa Parise, who also appears in the supporting cast with Robert Forster and Charles Martin Smith.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content and brief strong language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Written By: Vanessa Parise, Peter Stebbings
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On DVD: Jun 17, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Jack and Jill vs. the World

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Blind to the fact that it should be rising up against its own formulaic kind.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Parise no doubt intends the pic's attention to the disease -- plus animal adoption and fair trade coffee -- to be socially enlightening, but it feels suspiciously like sympathy-mongering.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Top Critic

More farce might have served the film well; as Parise draws from a playbook of medical melodrama and romantic-comedies clichÚs, her moral about living outside the box becomes harder and harder to swallow.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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...ultimately establishes itself as an affable endeavor that benefits substantially from the charismatic work of its two leads.

Full Review… | December 5, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Achieves the holy trinity of painful earnestness, combining cute animals, sick teenagers and an idealistic belief in love and goodness that's actually deceptively judgmental.

Full Review… | April 26, 2008

Written, directed, acted-in and produced by Parise, she's proven her creds as a one-woman employment agent. But, by now, she should be picking up that directing is a weak spot.

Full Review… | April 26, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Jack and Jill vs. the World


Didn't mind this one. Harmless piece of fluff. I didn't buy Freddie and Taryn as a couple at all though. I actually don't mind her as an actress, but she does seem a little brassy for this role. Having said that, she is very good in it as is Freddie.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Typical FPJ movie...he's just not a very good actor. Tarryn Manning is actually pretty bad too. Some parts were cute/funny, but it was blah for the most part.

Erin Collins

Super Reviewer


An interesting movie with a good story plot. A bit on the quirky side, although it lacks a bit of chemistry between the two. Interesting characters, but the two appear more as friends than lovers. Not bad. It's great to see Freddie Prinze Jr. in a movie like this again. An enjoyable character. Phenomenal music.

Wow!! Just learned something here, Hannah Lochner and I both have the same birthday.

Leo L

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