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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Very fun movie, but also sad. Robin Williams does a really good job expressing a child-like nature and the story flows well.Published 3 days ago by Braden Pefley
I do miss the talent of Robin Williams. I believe I saw this movie years ago and I forgot Jennifer Lopez, Diane Lane, Fran Drescher and Bill Cosby were also apart of the cast. Read morePublished 5 days ago by L. Greer
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