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Jobs (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  16 August 2013 (USA)
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The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

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While living with his adoptive parents, Jobs is working for 'Atari'. He then, develops a partnership with his friend Steve Wozniak when he sees that Wozniak has built a personal computer (the Apple I). They name their new company 'Apple Computer' and start building Apple I computers. After many failed attempts by Jobs to gain venture capital, Mike Markkula invests in the company which allows them to move forward. Written by Nebzyl

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Some see what's possible, others change what's possible.

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Rated PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,713,900 (USA) (16 August 2013)

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$16,117,443 (USA) (27 September 2013)
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Nolan Bushnell:  The Atari co-founder sits on the right side of the table, next to Arthur Rock, John Sculley, and Mike Markkula, when Steve Jobs unveils Apple's 1984 commercial. See more »

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Just before Jobs takes over the Macintosh project in the early 1980s, a second-generation Chevy Cavalier sedan with heavily oxidized, peeling, and faded blue paint drives past in the parking lot. The second generation entered production in 1988, and it would presumably take somewhere around 24 years (when the film was made) for the paint to become that deteriorated. See more »

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Steve Wozniak: We can't afford to pay three people right now.
Steve Jobs: We can't afford to pay *ourselves* unless we deliver. And don't worry about Chris, he's just a kid. So he just wants to help.
Steve Wozniak: You're just a kid.
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Allegro from: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - in G Major BWV 1048
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Arts Productions LTD.
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"Jobs" is a biopic with a very narrow focus, and without any sense of risk or adventure.
16 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joshua Michael Stern's "Jobs" is like an assembly line for the best moments in the career of Steve Jobs, but seriously lacking in depth, and without much significance. It is a truly unremarkable biopic of the "master of innovation" as you could possibly imagine. "Jobs" follows an overly safe, unimaginative course that clocks in at a tiresome 122 minutes. The storytelling is painfully straightforward, covering only the principal events of his professional trials and tribulations, and providing little else beyond what is already public knowledge.

Developing his imagination for computer programming at Atari, Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) brings in his friend Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) to help with the hardware aspect, forming a partnership that would soon lead to the founding and development of Apple Computers, a force within the industry throughout the 1980s. Steve is not prepared for the financial demands and the ruthless business mentality, and is eventually forced out of the company he began, only to return in the 1990s with a fresh game plan on how to bring Apple back into the public consciousness, and to dominate the industry once again.

"Jobs" is a biopic with a very narrow focus, and without any sense of risk or adventure. It is so intent on covering Jobs' entire corporate career, that it simply reduces his personal life to a footnote. Stern completely glosses over Jobs' personal life, which is essential to any self-respecting biopic. The entire production feels rushed and slapped together simply to benefit from being the first one out of the gate.

To his credit, Kutcher puts forth a good effort, and he undeniably looks the part of Steve Jobs. Unfortunately, Ashton always looks like he is trying too hard to play the part, and never fully becomes the character he's portraying. His limitations on the big screen prove to be a major liability. He has developed a screen persona as likable character, which has served him well with numerous TV sitcoms. Not so much with movies.

What emerges is a movie that has "a made for TV" feel, which depicts a self-absorbed creep who stabs everyone in the back to simply to get his way that goes on for two plus hours. A thoroughly unsatisfying tribute, and we are still left none the wiser as to what made "The Father of the Digital Revolution" beyond what we already know.


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