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Jack

Robin Williams , Diane Lane , Francis Ford Coppola    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Jack is Francis Coppola at his most pointless noodling, looking for the film he wants to make instead of just making it. Robin Williams stars as 10-year-old Jack, a boy with an inexplicable disease that ages him at four times the normal human rate. Kept at home like a contemporary Boo Radley, Jack becomes a neighborhood legend until his parents relent and send him to school. In time, the other kids befriend him and stay loyal as his hyperdevelopment puts a strain on his body and emotions. The idea is sound, but the execution is a bore. The best the script and Coppola can come up with are painfully long scenes in which Williams's character proves himself on the playground and in gross-out contests in a tree house. Coppola fishes around for signs of life and spontaneity in these scenes, but the film is actually best when Jack has to cope with certain feelings in his mature body (such as his attraction to a character played by Fran Drescher) that he isn't prepared for emotionally. Jack would have been a lot better if Coppola had embraced a plan from beginning to end and stuck to it. --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack hits close to home July 7 2003
By A & J
Format:VHS Tape
A: 4/5 Stars
Robin Williams gives an outstanding performance in "Jack", a movie about a boy with an extreme growing disorder.
We first see Mrs. Powell dressed as a witch at a costume party from which she is rushed to a hospital where she gives birth to Jack Powell after being pregnant for only ten weeks. We learn that Jack has a disorder that causes him to grow four times the normal human rate.
We then see Jack spending his days lonely and holed up in his home, a ten year-old boy that has the physical body of a forty year-old man. Bill Cosby plays Jack's private instructor, who homeschools him.
Finally, after prodding from his instructor, Jack's parents allow him to go to school.
Jack is at first shunned and ridiculed by his fellow fifth-graders, but slowly earns their friendship by proving that you can't judge a book by its cover.
The movie ends at Jack's high school graduation. Jack was valedictorian and gives a powerful speech. By this time Jack appears to be an elderly man, but is really 18.
Jack is a heart warming and laughter provoking movie about enjoying life while you have it, and I highly recommend it.
J: 4/5 Stars
"When a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish and think of me and make your life spectacular. I know I did." -Robin Willliams as Jack
Jack is a bittersweet tale about a boy who, despite certain setbacks, is determined to live and enjoy his childhood.
The movie begins after an odd premature birth, where we learn that Jack ages at four times the average rate. Because of this he is kept out of society for ten years. Jack is visited by a tutor (Bill Cosby) every day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack hits close to home July 7 2003
By A & J
Format:VHS Tape
A: 4/5 Stars
Robin Williams gives an outstanding performance in "Jack", a movie about a boy with an extreme growing disorder.
We first see Mrs. Powell dressed as a witch at a costume party from which she is rushed to a hospital where she gives birth to Jack Powell after being pregnant for only ten weeks. We learn that Jack has a disorder that causes him to grow four times the normal human rate.
We then see Jack spending his days lonely and holed up in his home, a ten year-old boy that has the physical body of a forty year-old man. Bill Cosby plays Jack's private instructor, who homeschools him.
Finally, after prodding from his instructor, Jack's parents allow him to go to school.
Jack is at first shunned and ridiculed by his fellow fifth-graders, but slowly earns their friendship by proving that you can't judge a book by its cover.
The movie ends at Jack's high school graduation. Jack was valedictorian and gives a powerful speech. By this time Jack appears to be an elderly man, but is really 18.
Jack is a heart warming and laughter provoking movie about enjoying life while you have it, and I highly recommend it.
J: 4/5 Stars
"When a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day, make a wish and think of me and make your life spectacular. I know I did." -Robin Willliams as Jack
Jack is a bittersweet tale about a boy who, despite certain setbacks, is determined to live and enjoy his childhood.
The movie begins after an odd premature birth, where we learn that Jack ages at four times the average rate. Because of this he is kept out of society for ten years. Jack is visited by a tutor (Bill Cosby) every day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden treasure Aug. 24 2014
Format:DVD
I knew this movie existed but just never had any interest in watching it. And had no idea what it was about. Then someone recommended it to me. So I took a shot & watched it. I love those experiences when you watch a movie you know nothing about & it ends up being a real jem. This was such an experience, Robin Williams delivers a performance with lots of humanity. (The film co-stars Bill Cosby, Jennifer Lopez, man of steels Diane Lane & Fran Drescher. It was also directed by Francis Ford Coppola) Robin Williams plays a 10 year old boy in a 40 yr old body. He has a condition that cause him to age 4 times faster than a normal person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie will make you laugh and cry! Jan. 25 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It is one of the few movies that I can watch over and over and never get tired of. Robin Willams does an excellent job of being a kid in an adult body. In response to the reviewer that referred to this movie as offensive to the children who actually have this disease - get a life! This movie shows not only the fun he had but also the challenge of fitting in and the desire to be just a "normal star". If anything, this movie shows children with this disease, their possibilities and not their limitations. To the offended reviewer, watch the movie again not only with your eyes but with your heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie will make you laugh and cry! Jan. 25 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It is one of the few movies that I can watch over and over and never get tired of. Robin Willams does an excellent job of being a kid in an adult body. In response to the reviewer that referred to this movie as offensive to the children who actually have this disease - get a life! This movie shows not only the fun he had but also the challenge of fitting in and the desire to be just a "normal star". If anything, this movie shows children with this disease, their possibilities and not their limitations. To the offended reviewer, watch the movie again not only with your eyes but with your heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack
Availability: This item will be released on February 24, 2004.
There are contidictions on DVD release dates This is a great movie have worn out the VHS looking forward to... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
This plot is so original, and you know if Robin Williams is in the movie its gonna be hilarious. It was ! Boy that rapidly grows as he ages. Ha too funny. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cast includes Robin Williams, Diane Lane & J-Lo
This very funny and touching film has an amazing cast... ROBIN WILLIAMS (Mrs Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting), DIANE LANE (Unfaithful, Perfect Storm), BILL COSBY (The Cosby Show), and... Read more
Published on April 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lopez in "Jack"
10-year-old Jack is a boy with a unique condition that makes his body age four times faster than normal. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by "curlyfast428"
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Well, I saw this movie a long while ago, but I still would love to watch it again (even though I don't own it, poo)..."Jack" is the cutest movie I have seen! Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Teenage Muzik Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie I've Seen in my Entire Life!!!!!!!!!
Jack is such a good movie. I had a dream about it. I cried while I was asleep!! It's so touching. And the point is that life is short. Read more
Published on April 15 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars BIG?
actually, i have never seen the movie. but i like coppola. but as far as the other reviewers saying it is a wonderfully original movie, have you seen tom hanks in big? Read more
Published on April 4 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Directed by Francis Ford Coppola?
"Jack" is an atrocious little chunk of excrement that is about as funny as a toothache!
In "Jack" we find Robin Williams as a boy who just happens to grow four times the... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by Roland Dark
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams as a 10 year old in a 40 year old man's body
Now this is a diffrent movie from the films that Mr. Williams does. One night a couple named Brain Powell and Karen Powell (Brain Kerwin and Diane Lane) are at a costume party. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2001 by Stephen Verhaeren
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest movie ever
Jack was the funniest movie I have ever seen. I remember when my son was that age and I could really relate. Read more
Published on June 18 2001
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