The story of the rise and fall of David Klein, the man who invented Jelly Belly jelly beans.The story of the rise and fall of David Klein, the man who invented Jelly Belly jelly beans.The story of the rise and fall of David Klein, the man who invented Jelly Belly jelly beans.
The film begins with Klein coming up with the idea of the candy as well as the initial difficulties he had marketing the candy. Then, it chronicles how the candy took off as well as the confusing story about why he sold his company for an incredibly small sum--even at the time when it was a much smaller company. The rest of the film seems to talk about how unsuccessful he was following this but how he's really a great guy. However, this confused me, as there was one BRIEF clip in which Klein's son talked about how the guy displaced his anger on his son when he was growing up. Apparently Klein sold his company without even having a lawyer involved during this process--and today has very little to show for it! This displacement did NOT fit with the guy the rest of the film portrayed--and it left me confused.
All in all, an okay documentary but one I found not all that compelling. While the film seemed to want the viewer to feel sorry for the guy, I couldn't help but think he was just a bit...well...foolish.
- Jan 19, 2012