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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For some people, 40 is the new 10. For Jack Powell, it's the other way around - literally. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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

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Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Джак  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Francis Ford Coppola gave Robin Williams camping gear to spend the night in his backyard and $10 to spend at Toys R Us before shooting the film. See more »

Goofs

Visible during the scene in the cafeteria. See more »

Quotes

George: So Jack, you bought that magazine?
Jack: Yeah, I buy 'em all the time.
George: What about Hustler? You get Hustler?
Jack: If you want it.
Eddie: Swank?
Jack: Yeah, that and uh, you know, all the grown-up stuff that only grown-ups can read.
George: Cool! And they don't give you no trouble in buying them? I mean like they don't ask for ID?
Jack: No. You know, I just don't shave for a day and I look like I'm fifty.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the music, Jack's classmates can be heard calling for him to come out and play. See more »

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Spoofs Big (1988) See more »

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Trying
By Billy Vaughn
Performed by The Texas Tornadoes
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Product
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One of those rare movies with a real message
23 November 2005 | by (Klagenfurt, Austria) – See all my reviews

This movie has something very important attached to it: a message of life. This is due to the underlying themes as well as to Robin Williams' touching performance which is saddening and inspirational at the same time. He is able to transform the sheer hopelessness of his fate which subjects him to an early death with such outstanding and sincere skills that are deeply moving. Apart from that his entire character - as it is designed - demands substantial acting throughout the whole plot. He delivers a performance that many other actors would simply not have been able to accomplish. It takes a special kind of actor to portray such a character just as Jack here. The message is that despite a fate that destines us to be exposed to tremendous agonies and blank despair, there is always a light of hope, and this light burns in our hearts. It's up to us only what we do with the time that we're granted with. In Jack's case time is even more precious than for normal people. Despite the sadness and despair that is ultimately caused thereby, we still have the chance to make the best out of every minute. All we have to do is value the little things, such as friendship and love, and thus escape the shades of darkness. The movie itself is funny and sincere, it has important dialogues and, as stated above, a real massage, which makes it special. Watch out for it.


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