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Francis Ford Coppola's 'Jack' is about a boy whose body ages at four times the normal rate. His condition is peculiar and the film is, too, despite. Coppola's best (and sometimes successful) efforts to keep it enjoyably light.
While 'Jack' has the egregious earmarks of a tritely inspirational story, it also has some unexpected flashes of real emotion. Within the limits and cliches of utterly predictable material,.
Coppola is still finally able to make this one from the heart. Robin Williams stars as a man-boy a la 'Big after a very strange prologue establishes Jack's plight.
Coppola's fondness for intricate, complex digressions (after all, he described 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' as a simple little horror film) is apparent during an opening costume party scene. Many extras appear in elaborate costumes (one is outfitted as a wine bottle with the film maker's name on its label). Among them is Karen Powell (Diane Lane, sprightly and energetic a pregnant woman dressed as a witch from 'The Wizard.'.
Red shoes and all, Karen goes into labor, delivering a full-size infant after only a 10-week pregnancy. The baby live is poked and probed and pincered by high-tech equipment (another sign.
Coppola's eclectic tastes but the doctors draw no helpful conclusions. All they know is that Jack's life will be brief. A decade later, big and hairy, Jack (Mr.
Williams) still hasn't been to school. He has a tutor at home (a sentimental Bill Cosby in a small role) and likes to do things with his parents, like leap into their bed in the middle of the night. But for Jack's own good, he is sent off to spend his days with other 10-year-olds.
They tease him in a cute, lovable way (under the tutelage of Jennifer Lopez as a glamorous teacher) that is the least novel part of the film. As might be expected,.
Williams leaps at the chance to contrast Jack's boyish manner with his middle-aged looks. He mimics a child perfectly when fidgeting or horsing around or wiping his nose on his shirt. And he shows just the right comic embarrassment when trying to masquerade as a grown man, or when marveling at the nose and ear hair on his 40-year-old body.
Williams is lively and sometimes touching, but this is one of his less freewheeling performances, with little room for spontaneity in the film's mostly conventional scheme. Still, the screenplay by James DeMonaco and Gary Nadeau does allow Jack some nice rejoinders, as when a flirtatious waitress (Fran Drescher, enjoying herself royally) tells him her troubles.