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Jack (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  9 August 1996 (USA)
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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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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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Robin Williams agreed to play the role of Jack as a result of Disney apologizing to him for going back on the deal they made with him to keep his name out of the marketing for Aladdin. See more »

Goofs

When Jack first goes to school and sits down in his desk for the first time, you can see his book bag and a broken desk to his right. In the next shot, he reaches for the book bag and falls over. A second later, the desk is shown breaking as he sits in it - the same desk that could originally be seen the first time he sat down. The scenes appear to be reversed. See more »

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Principal McGee: I'm Mr. McGee. I've heard so much about you, Jack.
Jack: Hi, Mr. Magoo.
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Features The Gold Rush (1925) See more »

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Senza Perdono
By Carmine Coppola
Performed by Santo & Johnny (as Santo and Johnny)
Courtesy of BMG Records/BMG Entertainment
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Interesting Coppola movie
8 April 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

"Jack" is a silly, genial and charming story about a "little" boy who ages four times faster than he should. It's a tragedy disguised as comedy. It has some comic elements but who couldn't admit the basic idea is rather sad. "Jack" is the kind of a film you least expect from the man who directed violent crime, war and horror masterpieces "The Godfather" -trilogy, "Apocalypse Now" and "Dracula". Nevertheless it's one of the most personal projects of Francis Ford Coppola since his own son died at an early age. Even though this is not a classic Coppola movie it's definitely classic role from Robin Williams.

It's hard to think of another actor to play the part of a ten year old boy who looks like a man of middle age. Williams really relieved the child inside of him. Bill Cosby is also splendid as Jack's sympathetic teacher Woodruff. For the sake of comparison I might mention that Penny Marshall's "Big" starring Tom Hanks is an outstanding, heart-warming classic and I've seen it many, many, many times but it's hard to get tired of a movie that's simply so enjoyable and entertaining. "Jack" is watchable once or probably even twice but unfortunately it doesn't come even close to "Big's" glamour. "Jack" has a good idea and yet another excellent performance from Williams but it's a movie that just might have been even better.


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