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Jack the Dog (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  22 January 2001 (USA)
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Jack is a womanizer, but settles down with Faith. When the marriage falls apart due to Jack's desire for women, he gets shared custody of his son. Living with his son, slowly things in the mind of Jack are changing.

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Jack is a successful photographer who has always been a womanizer. But at one point in his life he wants to settle down. He marries Faith and together they have a son, Sam. But things aren't working out that well as the two, due to Jack's active working life, grow apart more and more. When Jack can't control himself anymore and starts an affair with Hope, the marriage is over. Faith moves to London to marry the wealthy Klaus and wants to take Sam with her. But Jack wants his son with him and both agree to shared custody. Jack desire for women doesn't vanish, but living together with his son slowly brings a change in him. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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A Brave Attempt At Depicting An Unpleasant Subject
10 October 2001 | by (Santa Rosa, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the Mill Valley Film Festival this past weekend. Writer/Director Bobby Roth addressed the audience at the screening. He candidly asked for our impressions and feedback as he is currently having trouble securing distribution for this challenging and unconventional film.

Shot in only 15 days on Digital Video, "Jack the Dog" chronicles about ten years in the life of the main character, the titular Jack, as he struggles toward maturity in regard to his relationships with women in general, and with his young son in particular.

Our protagonist, portrayed in a courageous performance by Nestor Carbonell (from television's "Suddenly Susan") is blessed with such great physical attractiveness that he is able to sleep with any women he meets whenever he chooses. Problems arise when he decides to try a committed marriage and finds that old habits die hard. Stated simply, Jack is a sex addict with a raging addiction.

It is to Roth's credit that the film deals effectively with this hot button issue without becoming judgemental or preachy. The characters feel multi-dimensional. The story ends in a way that feels honest and real. And there's some humor too.

There are however, problems with the pacing. A friend who saw this with me said the film feels a good twenty minutes longer than its current length. My guess is that this stems from the unusual structure that Roth chooses to employ (there's no comforting three-act template to fall back on here) and because we are given a lot of the story's information more than once.

So while "Jack the Dog" is far from perfect, I do give it points for attempting to deal with a less than savory subject in an honest and compelling manner. I'm a huge fan of Bobby Roth's 1984 film "Heartbreakers" which shares with "Jack" a willingness to examine the darker aspects of our connectedness with each other.

This film deserves to be seen by a wider audience.


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