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King Jack (2016)



Critic Consensus: Hard-hitting and honest yet sensitive, King Jack is an uncommonly affecting coming-of-age drama and a powerful calling card for debuting writer-director Felix Thompson.

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Jack is a scrappy fifteen year-old kid stuck in a run-down small town. Trapped in a violent feud with a cruel older bully and facing another bout of summer school, Jack's got all the problems he can handle. So when Jack's aunt falls ill and his runty younger cousin must stay with him for the weekend the last thing Jack wants to do is look after him. Unfortunately no one really cares what Jack wants. Set over a hazy summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming of age story about friendship and finding happiness in rough surroundings.

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Yainis Ynoa
as Harriet
Robert Nadig
as Mr. Bodenheimer
Keith Leonard
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for King Jack

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

Lacking personality or insight, "King Jack" is a ho-hum tale of young aggression-been there, bruised that.

June 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Thanks to a strongly rooted lead performance by Charlie Plummer as a 15-year-old small-town kid who's well on his way to a stint in juvenile detention, "King Jack" still strikes a resonant chord.

June 9, 2016 | Full Review…

For everyone who ever had a close call as an adolescent and kept it from the grown-ups, "King Jack" will hit you where you live.

June 9, 2016 | Full Review…

First-time writer-director Felix Thompson demonstrates good instincts for two of King Jack's standard three acts.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Writer-director Felix Thompson's first film is a sensitive and self-possessed debut that clocks in at 76 minutes and doesn't waste a single one of them.

June 7, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a tribute to Thompson's humane sensitivity to character detail that its concluding jolt of affirmation feels fully, inspirationally earned.

June 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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A superb and very gritty teenage coming of age drama that shows juvenile delinquency at its worst. Hard to watch at times but it shows perfectly the tough life that others experience and that, deep down, they may actually be a good person trying to do the right thing.

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