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What Did Jack Do? (2017)

In a locked down train station, a homicide detective conducts an interview with a tormented monkey.

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David Lynch

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David Lynch
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Cruz Jack Cruz ... Himself
David Lynch ... Detective
Toototabon Toototabon ... Herself
Emily Stofle Emily Stofle ... Waitress
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In a locked down train station, a homicide detective conducts an interview with a tormented monkey.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Netflix, Inc.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Co zrobil Jack? See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released worldwide on Netflix on Lynch's 74th birthday. See more »

Quotes

Detective: You'll not get a free lunch around here.
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Connections

Featured in Clique: Episode dated 24 January 2020 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

True Love's Flame
by David Lynch and Dean Hurley
Performed by Jack Cruz
Publishing by Bobkind Music & Team Hurley
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Monkey Puzzle Tree
23 January 2020 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

Produced a few years ago, but released in January 2020, by Netflix, to mark David Lynch's birthday, "What Did Jack Do?" is a typically bizarre, stylish film Noir . . . parody, I suppose, that clocks in at around 17 minutes but sticks in the memory long after.

A Detective (David Lynch) sits down opposite Jack Cruz (playing himself) and begins a loose interrogation about a murder, in the confines of a train station café. The interrogation takes the form of a number of cliché's, almost like non-sequiturs, before Cruz bursts into song and then goes on the run. Oh, And Cruz is a monkey. . .

Cruz responds to Lynch's accusations via a human mouth that is (usually crudely) pasted over the monkey's actual mouth, occasionally though, it works really well, and the head movements match the mouth. Major credit to whomever picked and edited the film out of the monkey in action.

My relationship with Lynch is varied. I love some of his films, but couldn't make it through the most recent season of "Twin Peaks". I think I like it when the surreal is penned in slightly by some confines of logic. "What Did Jack Do?" starts very loose, there are long pauses between the back and forth and the lines are, as I said, often unconnected. It feels like two spies trying code phrases on each other looking for the right match. It did get better though, as we learned more about the crime Jack is accused of and eventually it won me over and I was smiling along with it by the end.

This is not going to do anything for you, if you don't know what you're getting yourself into. However, if you like Lynch, this isn't much of a time commitment for a decent reward.


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