Jack and Sarah (1996)
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A temperamental London lawyer adapts to the challenges of fatherhood when he is left with sole responsibility for his infant daughter in this well-performed British comedy-drama. Richard E. Grant stars as Jack, a high-pressure attorney who believes his life is on the right track: a successful career, a beautiful wife (Imogen Stubbs), and a baby on the way. Tragedy strikes, however, when his wife dies during labor, leaving Jack to raise his daughter Sarah, named in his wife's honor. Shocked and depressed, Jack is forced to deal with his grief for the sake of the new child. At first reluctant to turn to others, he receives help from a local derelict (Ian McKellen) who begins to act as Jack's butler, and a charming young American woman, Amy (Samantha Mathis), who becomes Sarah's nanny. The new challenges of fatherhood provide Jack with his solace and eventually lead him reevaluate his life and behavior. The debut film of writer-director Tim Sullivan, Jack and Sarah follows a well-worn path, but Grant's nuanced central performance and a strong supporting cast elevate the material above its predictable outline. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Jack and Sarah
A heartwarming, finely-performed movie
Grant and Mathis are charming, but the script is not.
Well-performed domestic comedy-drama
Audience Reviews for Jack and Sarah
A sweet film about a man so inept at being a father, it?s verging on child abuse. Everybody say Awwww!More
This affable romantic comedy-drama tends to wander from scene to scene and juggles a few more plot threads than it can handle; still, it never becomes predictable, and the surprising rapport between Richard E. Grant and Samantha Mathis (along with the excellent supporting cast) carries the day.More
Richard E. Grant at his smarmiest in a nauseating schmaltz fest that surely could only be of interest to menopausal women. Utterly hateful crap.More
Jack and Sarah Quotes
- I was perfectly happy being miserable.
- She doesn't need someone who's impressive, Mum. She needs someone who'll love her.
- All I'm saying is, if you'd like a couple of days off around the 22nd, it would be good for us.
- But she's not due until the 25th, Anna.
- Fine, I'm just saying things will be more manageable around the 22nd.
- All right. sure. I'll ask Sarah to check her diary and see if she can bring the birth forward.
- Do you want nipple pads or nipple shield or just the pads?
- Okay, I'll get both. Flesh colored or white? [shrugs]
- If your father goes on this way, we're going to end up being a single parent family.
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