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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Jack Powell
Diane Lane ... Karen Powell
Brian Kerwin ... Brian Powell
Jennifer Lopez ... Miss Marquez
Bill Cosby ... Lawrence Woodruff
Fran Drescher ... Dolores Durante
Adam Zolotin ... Louis Durante
Todd Bosley ... Edward
Seth Smith Seth Smith ... John-John
Mario Yedidia ... George
Jer Adrianne Lelliott ... Johnny Duffer (as Jeremy Lelliott)
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Phoebe (as Jurnee Smollett)
Dani Faith Dani Faith ... Jane
Hugo Hernandez Hugo Hernandez ... Victor
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Eric
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Storyline

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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For some people, 40 is the new 10. For Jack Powell, it's the other way around - literally. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,191,496, 11 August 1996

Gross USA:

$58,620,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,620,973
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Lawrence Woodruff visits Jack and his friends at their tree house he spots a genuine Cuban Partagas cigar box. He is disappointed to find it filled with toys, not cigars. Bill Cosby and Francis Ford Coppola are avid cigar smokers in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Jack comes down the stairs in his house in a cardboard box, he comes down onto a hardwood floor at the bottom of the staircase. When his Mom sits down on the stairs, a runner (rug) is shown at the bottom of the staircase. See more »

Quotes

Louis: Hey you, you shoot hoops?
Jack: Who me?
Louis: No, the 40-year-old kid behind you.
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For Gia: "When you see a shooting star..." See more »


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Performed by Bryan Adams
Written by Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange (as R.J. Lange, and Michael Kamen
Produced by Robert John Lange (as Robert John Mutt' Lange) and 'Bryan Adams (I)
From the A&M Album '18 Til I Die'
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Genuinely amusing
27 August 1999 | by Watcher-37See all my reviews

Okay it's not exactly the biggest stretch of casting to have Robin Williams playing a ten year old in the body of an adult. However, Jack is a pretty decent and funny movie. Jack Powell is born and he ages at four times the normal rate. For the first ten years of his life he is tutored at home and sheltered by his parents. Bill Cosby plays his tutor Mr. Woodruff. Diane Lane and Brian Kerwin play his parents who are reluctant to send Jack to public school because they fear the other children's reactions to him. When he does go to school, his teacher, played by Jennifer Lopez, welcomes him with open arms while, predictably the kids are both awed and afraid, and teasing soon follows. Jack gains acceptance when the boys realize that he is a natural for basketball, and he soon is running with a whole group of new friends.

The rest of the movie is basically about Jack and how his body is just naturally slowing down, leading to his withdrawal from school, his eventual return, and the epilogue at his high school graduation.

Jack was a pretty charming film and I liked the way that Robin Williams acted in his scenes with Diane Lane as the 10 year old with a strong bond with his mother, and her feelings of longing when he shows that he is pulling away when he gains friends his own physical age.


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