Story

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

Cast

Robin WilliamsJack Powell
Diane LaneKaren Powell
Brian KerwinBrian Powell
Jennifer LopezMiss Marquez
Bill CosbyLawrence Woodruff
Fran DrescherDolores 'D.D.' Durante
Adam ZolotinLouis 'Louie' Durante
Todd BosleyEddie
Mario YedidiaGeorge
Jeremy LelliottJohnny Duffer
Jurnee Smollett-BellPhoebe
Michael McKeanPaulie
Dwight HicksHigh School Principal
Marc CoppolaRadio Personality

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 113 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 9, 1996
    EuropeOct 11, 1996
    JapanMar 1, 1997
    AustraliaDec 26, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
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