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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Gary Nadeau, James DeMonaco
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola, Doug Claybourne, Fred Fuchs, Ricardo Mestres
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 7 2001
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304298285
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #981 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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By A & J on July 7 2003
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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By A & J on July 7 2003
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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By K. D. on 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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By A Customer on 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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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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