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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9 August 1996 (USA)  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$58,586,889 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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The song the boys are singing in the tree house with Bill Cosby is "Charlie Brown" by The Coasters See more »

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When Jack comes down the stairs in his house in a cardboard box, he comes down onto a hardwood floor at the bottom of the staircase. When his Mom sits down on the stairs, a runner (rug) is shown at the bottom of the staircase. See more »

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[it is decided Jack is to go to school]
Karen Powell: You sure he'll be all right?
Brian: Honey, he'll be fine.
[they kiss Jack and go to bed]
Brian: [to himself] It's the rest of the world I'm worried about.
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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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Nudist Colony of the Dead (2010) See more »

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Performed by Bryan Adams
Written by Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange (as R.J. Lange, and Michael Kamen
Produced by Robert John Lange (as Robert John Mutt' Lange) and 'Bryan Adams (I)
From the A&M Album '18 Til I Die'
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Extremely poor, manipulative "comedy" - full of problems
1 February 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I had looked forward to JACK when it first came out back in 1996. I remember renting it when it reached video and being severely disappointed. Williams, first of all, is good at channeling a child - we all know that already. The problem lies in the film's schmaltzy, good-natured, sugar-coated outer layer that is sickeningly fake and annoying.

Coppola hasn't really made a good movie I can think of (or, a good movie worth remembering at least) since THE GODFATHER PART III (and not many will even agree with me on that choice! Some might go as far back as APOCALYPSE NOW in '79). It's disappointing to see him resorting to the hack-job he does here - ANYONE could have directed this movie. I never, ever - in a million years - would have suspected it was the product of Francis Ford Coppola.

The movie's ending is "feel-good" - but not in a good way. Instead, when it's over, you feel as if you've just watched a 2-hour soap opera spliced with moments of awkward comedy. The plot would be great for a silly comedy; unfortunately, Coppola turns his movie into some sort of half-cocked drama/epic-wannabe. Simply put, it isn't.


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