Jack the Bear

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29%

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Total Count: 17

59%

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Movie Info

Danny DeVito stars as John Leary, an alcoholic TV horror-movie host attempting to raise his two boys after the death of his wife.

Cast

Danny DeVito
as John Leary
Miko Hughes
as Dylan Leary
Gary Sinise
as Norman Strick
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Peggy Etinger
Art LaFleur
as Mr. Festinger
Stefan Gierasch
as Grandpa Glickes
Erica Yohn
as Grandma Glickes
Andrea Marcovicci
as Elizabeth Leary
Reese Witherspoon
as Karen Morris
Bert Remsen
as Mr. Mitchell
Carl Gabriel Yorke
as Gordon Layton
Lee Garlington
as Mrs. Festinger
Lorinne Vozoff
as Mrs. Mitchell
Justin Mosley Spink
as Dexter Mitchell
Troy W. Slaten
as Edward Festinger
Jessica Steinmiller
as Katie Festinger
Christopher Lawford
as Vince Buccini
Cliff Bemis
as Detective Marker
Charles Dugan
as Mr. Strick
Marion Dugan
as Mrs. Strick
Sam Freed
as Mr. Morris
Dorothy Lyman
as Mrs. Morris
Paul Wilson
as Street Worker
Rob Dunn
as Construction Worker
Christy Botkin
as Nursery School Teacher
Steven McCall
as Studio Technician
Donovan Leitch
as Grad Student
Sarah Bork
as Grad Student
Dena Goodmanson
as Grad Student
Paul S. Wilson
as Street Worker
Scott Thomson
as Street Worker
George E. Clayton Jr.
as Backhoe Driver
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Critic Reviews for Jack the Bear

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

Audience Reviews for Jack the Bear

  • Jul 28, 2016
    I was happy to see that another reviewer equated this movie to 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. While 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a classic on a much larger scale, both movies depict small children coming of age, innocent but exposed to prejudice, and mother-less with a caring father. The way the author shows moments of childhood is raw, not over-stated, or "Hollywood"... just honest. However, I did not like the title. It was a turn-off. Nor am I a Danny DeVito fan, but I did like him in this movie. Glad I watched this movie anyway. Many people rave about DeVito's acting, but it was the two children who amazed me. HOW did they get a toddle to act so naturally?!? Usually, little kids over-act (and are annoying), but not these two. When older brother stuck his younger brother by the evil dogs, the toddler cried in fear, and it was so realistic, it was frightening. And when the older boy cried, "Daddy!" on the tree limb near the end, again, it was so realistic, so it wasn't corny. However, there were a few flaws. Mostly, the older brother's haircut was painful to see. And when the children were laughing hysterically to DeVito's jokes, it felt a little forced, because he wasn't that funny. And why did the girlfriend dump Jack so suddenly? Maybe because this is what happens in real life, and this movie was all about r-e-a-l l-i-f-e... no Hollywood. That's also why it had a Mockingbird feel.
    Amy A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    Great movie but disturbing
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2008
    this was a good drama, with a very young reese witherspoon. good film about a single father struggling to bring up his two young sons
    Andrea C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2008
    I had no idea what this movie was about when I first saw it. I thought it was simply going to be a cute kids movie about learning to love your quirky next door neighbor. I should have known better, as Gary Sinise always plays evil so well. It was a little scary there at the end but everything ended up ok. I enjoyed seeing a young Reese Witherspoon!
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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