Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Goldberg buries the heart of the movie beneath several layers of pretentious film-school effects.
Quotations from sources as varied as Thelonious Monk, Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss appear on screen, imbuing the movie with unearned significance.
Goldberg doesn't display the kind of control needed for this sort of meta-storytelling.
The characters natter endlessly and summon printed quotes from Jean Cocteau, Mark Twain and e.e. cummings onto the screen. But they say nothing that's original, insightful or even interesting.
More enervating than it is ambitious, Jake Squared is partly a romantic comedy and mostly a pseudo-philosophical apology for self-absorption.
The funny side of navel-gazing narcissism.
For a film that wants desperately to wring comedy from the narcissism and neuroses of Hollywood filmmakers it's neither funny or particularly insightful.
As Jake Klein(Elias Koteas) tells it, he used to be a hotshot film director in Hollywood. But that was a long time ago and now he makes a living selling real estate. However, he feels he is ripe for a comeback, so he is going to make a movie about his own experiences, having already cast an actor(Mike Vogel) in the lead. But then younger versions of Jake start putting in an appearance and hogging the hot tub, along with a mysterious woman(Jane Seymour) in blue. Otherwise, Jake just wants to sleep in late.
"Jake Squared" gets off to a fine start with its unique take on a mid-life crisis. And it is fun watching Elias Koteas let his hair down for once(so to speak), along with a very fine cast that also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Virginia Madsen. But after a while, the movie is simply content to chase its metaphorical tail. Luckily enough, the movie does eventually catch its tail, allowing for one true bit of insightful wisdom to shine through in the end.
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