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Jack & Sarah (1996)



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A nervous yuppie widower finds himself saddled with the responsibility of raising a baby girl in this quirky British comedy. Jack names the newborn girl Sarah after his wife who died at her birth. At first the loss of his wife hits him hard and for a time he drinks heavily, but soon he realizes that he must shape up so he can raise his baby properly. Fortunately, he is given plenty of support. Unfortunately, he is not sure he wants it. One of his supporters is his employer Anna, who is overtly lusting after him. The others are his snoopy mum and his meddlesome mother-in-law. To keep them at bay, Jack hires a clumsy but vivacious American waitress he met in a bar as a baby-sitter. She accepts the job, but knows nothing about being a nanny. Mayhem ensues as she tries to get used to her new job, Jack tries to get used to being a father, and both of them try to become accustomed to each other.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tim Sullivan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 19, 2003
PolyGram Video


Richard E. Grant
as Richard E. Grant
Judi Dench
as Margaret
Ian McKellen
as William, The Tramp
David Swift
as Michael
Bianca Lee
as Sarah as a Baby
Sophia Lee
as Sarah as a Baby
Sophia Sullivan
as Sarah as a Toddler
Niven Boyd
as Nathaniel
Deborah Findlay
as Miss Cartwright
Claire Toeman
as Health Visitor
Matyelok Gibbs
as Physiotherapist
Michael McStay
as Security Man
James Bannon
as City Boy
David J. Nicholas
as Delivery Man
Susie McKenna
as Paramedic
Keith Bartlett
as Taxi Driver
John Grillo
as Landlord
Richard Leaf
as Stoned Man
Andrew Read
as Office Boy
Raymond Brodie
as Office Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Jack & Sarah

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Sparky playing, a generally sharp script and bright packaging add up to a neat little winner in the romantic comedy Jack & Sarah, a kind of After Nine Months London style.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

As English as it gets, this romantic comedy about a one-parent family is not without a modest charm.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a miracle on the level of childbirth that it holds together at all. But it does.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

To its credit, "Jack and Sarah" eschews the standard cutesy-poo shenanigans found in movies where adorable infants run inexperienced adults ragged with their needs. Unfortunately, the movie has very little comedy to offer in place of such antics.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

"Jack & Sarah" is one of those romantic movies viewers know will end in a happy smooch. What's fine is the rush of amusing, heartrending humanity before it gets to the inevitable.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jack & Sarah


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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Richard E. Grant at his smarmiest in a nauseating schmaltz fest that surely could only be of interest to menopausal women. Utterly hateful crap.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Well-performed domestic comedy-drama

Roy Gutteridge

Super Reviewer

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