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Jack the Bear (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  2 April 1993 (USA)
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Danny De Vito is a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the onus falls on... See full summary »

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John Leary
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Danny De Vito is a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the onus falls on plucky Jack the Bear (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.). De Vito's conscience, and a quantity of alcohol leads him to denounce a neo-fascist candidate on his children's TV programme - and also to the kidnapping of youngest son Dylan (Miko Hughes) by a disturbed neo-nazi supporter. Written by David Holmes <d.r.h@btinternet.com>

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Rated PG-13 for elements of theme, and for some terror | See all certifications »

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$5,145,462 (USA)
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Principal photography was completed in the summer of 1991, but the film's post-production lasted over a year. The creative team decided to film more footage with Danny DeVito; however, the actor had other prior commitments that kept the film from being completed. Director Marshall Herskovitz and producer Bruce Gilbert initially clashed in the editing room but they ultimately patched up their differences and worked as a team. In July 1992, DeVito's additional scenes were filmed. The film was finished in October, but the studio's Christmas schedule had already been filled and it ultimately was released in April 1993. See more »

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Nice family movie, but also a somewhat contrived one
6 June 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I really was in spell of this movie. I was loving it. It was funny and heartwarming. Characters are believable but then the plot goes downhill. the plot becomes expected and keeps falling into clichés. Everything that you think that movie shouldn't do, it does.

The whole thing really doesn't makes much sense and things just seem to happen to get the required emotions from the viewer. But even with these shortcomings in the plot, I have given it an average rating. Mostly due the interesting first half. It could have been really good if the movie had a better and more believable plot.

In the end, how you perceive it will depend mostly on your own experience. Naive viewers will fall in love with it. More jaded and more astute viewers will be able to see behind the ruse. I however felt in between. I was able to see through the ruse, but I still wanted the movie to redeem itself somehow.


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