Jack 1996

Jack

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Robin Williams' childlike energy is channeled in all the wrong places with Jack, a bizarre tragedy that aims for uplift but sinks deep into queasy schmaltz.

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49%

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After an unusually short pregnancy, Karen Powell (Diane Lane) gives birth to a baby boy whose body ages much faster than the normal rate. With her husband, Brian (Brian Kerwin), Karen raises their son, Jack (Robin Williams), who appears to be a 40-year-old man when he is only 10. Though Jack ages rapidly physically, he is mentally and emotionally still a young boy, which causes him considerable difficulty. Eventually, Jack gains the support of his peers, which helps him live a fuller life.

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Critic Reviews for Jack

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Audience Reviews for Jack

  • Nov 06, 2012
    Not a bad film, Very moving at times, And the story was very interesting but dragged at times.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    Jack is one of Francis Ford Coppola's most mediocre outings as a director. The film had plenty of good potential of being a great film, but it falls flat and just ends up being mediocre. I thought the film started off well, but it just fell apart as the story progressed. The film could have been very good, but there's something missing to really make this standout. I felt that Robin Williams wasn't that great here, and he has made much better. Considering that such a great director as Francis Ford Coppola directed this, you'd expect a great film. But unfortunately this is among his worst films. Considering that he made The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, it's hard to imagine that Jack is a dud, but it is. Towards the ending, you simply can't wait for the film to end, and it just isn't memorable enough like so many other films. This film simply didn't deliver anything great; in the end it was boring, poorly crafted and overall mediocre. I didn't like this film, and I felt that due to its idea, it could have been so much better than what it turned out to be. Jack is not a film worth seeing, and like I've said, Coppola has done far better than this. This is not a film worth remembering and I think this on its own is a film that is underdeveloped and poorly constructed for dramedy. The film lacks anything great and it lacks any real moments where you end up caring for the characters. I just feel that this tried too hard delivering something sentimental, and ultimately failed.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    Very sad, depressing yet uplifting and very inspirational, a story of an outsider who's bullied by his disability and doesn't have a long life :(
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2011
    a hillarious and terrific all star comedy with all the cast members at their best performances! and also has to be one of robin williams hillarious and best performance! bill cosby and fran drescher are hillarious in this film. A
    Juan C Super Reviewer

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