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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2009
Robin Williams, although an immensely funny and energetic comedian, has the raw acting talent to make you truly believe in his characters. He can emotionally engage you and allows for his supporting cast to remain prominent in his films without being overshadowed by the big characters that he plays. Patch Adams & Mrs. Doubtfire are two very fine examples of how Robin Williams can present an immensely funny character, yet retains a level of depth and reality that allow for the hysterical laughter without sacrificing the emotional importance of what his films are ultimately about. He achieves this just as well in Jack.

The film is based around the main character, Jack. He is a child born with a rapid aging disability like that of the real condition known as Progeria. The parents are naturally shocked and upset by this news, but make a pledge to allow him as good a life as possible. Fast forward a few years and we see a child in the body of a grown man (Robin Williams) who has been secluded from the outside world by his parents to protect him from the cruelties and judgments of the real world. His home school tutor Lawrence (Bill Cosby) recommends to Jacks parents that he should be put into a public school so he can socialise and make friends.

Anybodies first day of school is a terrifying one, but for Jack it's even more so thanks to him being in the body of a fully grown man entering an elementary school. Naturally his fellow classmates are a bit wary of this stranger in their classroom and keep well away whilst inventing stories. Mrs. Marquez (Jennifer Lopez), his teacher, warms quickly to Jack and strongly wants him to make friends and be accepted by his classmates. After being asked to join a team in a basketball game because of his height, he quickly becomes part of a group of friends who start to look past his appearance and recognise the kid within him.

This is an immensely sweet and heart warming film and is personally one of my favourites starring the comic legend that is Robin Williams. It's largely unrecognised on the mainstream film stage and I would love it to get more recognition than it did then and does now. It's up there with the likes of Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams. Although it's not as blatantly funny, it's more so an emotional piece with a strong message to deliver to us all about acceptance of the personality within everybody. Looking past the appearance and accepting people, warts and all.

Directed by the legend of Francis Ford Coppola, there's no denying that this would have been an immensely enjoyable movie going piece. The inclusion of comedy legend Bill Cosby is also a delight and although he doesn't have a largely comic prominence, it's still a great thing to see him in the film. This is one of Jennifer Lopez' first movies and although I'm not crazy over her acting, she doesn't do a bad job overall. Williams is the true gem though and truly creates a believable and sweet character that we're all hoping will succeed in making friends.

I would highly recommend this to any fans of Robin Williams as it's truly one of his greatest.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2005
It's a cute family movie- Robin Williams is as good as you'd expect. His portrayal of a child is superb, and his parents, and friends are equally sincere and genuine. Bill Cosby is a nice addition to the story. One of Jennifer Lopez's first movies, and I thought she was good. OK, so it's based very loosely on the real disorder of kid's aging quickly, but it's a movie! It's still cute. I'd recommend it-
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2014
I cry everytime I watch this & I will even more now. You brought so many laughs into peoples lives. I LOVE this movie!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating portrait about a man whose biological rhythm presents an unusual contrast .

Robin Williams in one his finest performances, makes a sensible performance about who enjoys every day of his life with major intensity than most of us. His terrible illness will avoid the necessary and required time to experience and enjoy every stage of the human life.

This is the most touching film of Coppola.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
I find this to be one of the finest Robin Williams dramatic/comedic performance. I enjoyed it immensely. Robin Williams portrays Jack Powell, a boy who suffers from a disease that ages him 4 times faster than normal. Just image a 10 year old boy with the body of a 40year old & with the comedy of Robin Williams! School is really a hassle!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2002
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! Robin Williams is the all-time greatest comedian, and I especially love how they put Bill Cosby in it! This movie is funny, sad, and very touching, especially twoards the end. Everyone who is a child at heart should go out and buy this movie! Who can turn down a great Robin Williams film?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2006
One of the best William's movies,it'll make you cry, laugh, and think about how lucky you are of being normal and healthy and how valuable are love and time in the life of some people.

Excellent movie to be seen in family or alone (if you are ashamed of crying in front of other people)I loved this movie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2014
I love Robin Williams. I was so sad when he passed away in such a tragic way. I ordered all of his movies that I had not seen yet. Jack, was one of those movies. I don't usually like just straight comedic films, but I want all of his movies. So, after reading a short paragraph about the movie, I decided to try it, as the main actor was Williams.
I was very pleasantly surprised with this film! At first it seemed like it was going to be just another ZANY comedy. But, as the movie progresses, you become more engaged with Jack as he grows up from a child to manhood, all in a man's body. He knows he is different from the other kids, but he still wishes to play and learn like any other child. You live through his dreams, his excitement, his joys, his struggles and his sorrows.
The movie is rated PG-13, but having 6 grandchildren I feel that an 8 to 10 year old would benefit from this film. It will teach that many people are different from the norm. It will teach that it is OK to be different. It will teach that all of us, no matter what we look like, no matter where we were born, want to be loved and accepted by others. Most importantly, it will teach that we can live a fun fulfilling life, that we can be loved that we can be triumphant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2014
I am sad I can not get this one on VUDU. I'm even more sad He is Gone........
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2014
I'm surprised that, in all the tributes and specials they're showing about Robin Williams right now, I have not heard Jack mentioned once. It is my all time favorite Robin Williams movie. It's funny yet so incredibly touching. He played the part so well...it made me think of what kids with Progeria must go through, having the mind of child but trapped inside the physical body of an old person. RIP Mr. Williams, you will be missed.
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