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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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Jack Powell is about to tackle his biggest adventure ever...fifth 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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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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In the scene where Lawrence Woodruff (Bill Cosby) visit Jack and his friends at their tree house, he eagerly spots a cigar box but is disappointed when he discovers that it is filled with toys and not cigars. It is a genuine Cuban Partagas cigar box and both Bill Cosby and the film's director Francis Ford Coppola are avid cigar smokers in real life. See more »

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Jack: I'm not bald and I'm not a freak. You're a freak, four eyes.
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Land of Hope and Glory
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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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