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Jack (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 August 1996 (USA)
Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.
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The movie is about a boy with a unique aging disorder: one that makes him age 4 times faster than normal. It picks up when Jack (Robin Williams) is 10 years old, but looks 40. He tries to go to public school for the first time, and to become friends with kids his own age. His physical appearance causes him lots of problems, however. Written by Bob Gohari <bgohari@earthlink.net>

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He's a healthy ten-year-old who's growing four times faster than normal. Now he's ready for the biggest adventure of his life...5th grade. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Джак  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,191,496 (USA) (9 August 1996)


$58,586,889 (USA) (10 January 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Francis Ford Coppola gave Robin Williams camping gear, to spend the night in his backyard and ten dollars to spend at Toys R Us, before shooting the film. See more »


When Louie stops Jack after school, asking him for a favor, Jack is wearing a pink shirt under his jacket. When Louie takes him aside, just before he meets Louie's mom in the courtyard, his shirt has changed to red. See more »


Miss Marquez: When's your birthday?
Jack: September 12.
Classmate: [snickering] 1902.
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Crazy Credits

For Gia: "When you see a shooting star..." See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Reefer Madness (2017) See more »


Senza Perdono
By Carmine Coppola
Performed by Santo & Johnny (as Santo and Johnny)
Courtesy of BMG Records/BMG Entertainment
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Not Original, But Sweet, Sentimental, and Entertaining.
2 May 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Many reviewers have compared this work to Tom Hanks's Big, wherein a young boy wishes he were "big," and the wish is granted. However, this work is the anti-thesis of that work, as an adult portrays a young child, physically, which thrusts Jack into the same venue as Martin Short's "Clifford," which was done some two years prior to this work.

That not withstanding, Clifford was a holy terror, while Jack is a mother's dream. While both works require a total suspension of belief in order to enjoy them, Jack is endearing, sweet, sentimental, and entertaining. There is nothing endearing, sweet, or sentimental about Clifford.

Jack is born with a genetic disorder which causes him to age 4 years for every 10, thereby causing him to appear as a 40 year old man at the age of 10.

Many have bludgeoned Coppola's involvement in such a scheme, citing his prior "masterpiece" works while bemoaning this one. The fans seem to forget that artistic people who do not spread their wings, and plant their feet on strange ground, never grow as individuals and artists.

Some found this work "insulting" due to the premise. It is called unintelligent. But not all films are based on intellect, and not all movie-goers care to have to think in order to enjoy a movie. And there is the added benefit of the heartwarming sentiment carried by this work.

It did well in the box office, nearly doubling its budget, worldwide, and is generally under-rated here at IMDb (if only mildly so), which says that word of mouth (that this film wasn't as bad as the critics said) carried this film further than the negative reviews would have liked.

It rates a 6.2/10 from...

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