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 »

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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)

Gross:

$58,586,889 (USA) (10 January 1997)
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This is Robin Williams third time playing the role of Jack. He also played Jack Dundee in "The Best Of Times". He played Jack Moniker in "Club Paradise. Both movies were released in 1986, ironically, one of the same years filmed in "Jack." See more »

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Miss Marquez reaches for a Gummy Bear with her right hand, but in the next shot it's in her left. 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 Nostalgia Critic: Patch Adams (2012) See more »

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Button Up Your Overcoat
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
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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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