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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
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Ryan Acton, the photo double for main lead, was told he wasn't needed and wanted to go to school. He was then called back to the set. He wouldn't get out of the car when Francis Ford Coppola asked him to get to make up. Robin Williams was nice enough to get in and talk with him. Ryan didn't tell his mother the story of what Robin said for a couple of years. He said "Hi Ryan, I am your funny double, and if you don't want to get out of the car, it's okay." He then got out, was made up, and then not used that day. See more »
When Jack is on the phone with his dad after he gives the phone to his mom and knocks down the basket of onions, in the next scene they are back again. See more »
What do I want to be when I grow up? Alive.
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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 »
This could have been an absolutely wonderful film, but due to a one big criticism it remains a nice film, in all the bog-standard sense of the word.
Robin Williams plays the part of a 10-year old trapped in a 40-year old's body, but the big problem is that we can't help but see Robin Williams himself. Anyone that has seen his stand-up comedy will know that Williams is exactly that (10 years old trapped in a body 30 years senior). Whilst his performance would have been quite believable, the film would have worked much better with a lesser-known actor (even one not known for comedy) in the role. I still cannot believe that the great FFC directed this film - it defies all movie sense. However he has done a fine job, and the cast work well together. Miss Lopez makes a very appealing schoolteacher (only in Hollywood!!), and the child actors work hard.
Good fun, but you may find yourself frustrated.
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