Critics' Corner

Hal Hinson - Style section, " 'Jack' is anything but upbeat. In places, it's downright painful."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Sits in a rather unspectacular niche between modern fairy tale and a disease-of-the-week TV movie."

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'Jack': 40 Going On 10

Scene from this movie Jack Powell is born fully developed after just 10 weeks gestation. As doctors inform his stunned parents, the boy’s physical development is outpacing normal children at a rate of four to one. Ten years later, Jack (now the equivalent of 40) is fed up with staying at home (shielded by his mother from those teasing children) and private tutoring. With support from his tutor, Jack convinces his parents to let him into the fifth grade.

Big, hairy and manlike, the 10-year-old weathers the experiences of going to school. Although he has the support of his fifth-grade teacher, Jack is pretty much on his own among the unabashedly inquisitive and derisive students. He eventually wins a place among his peers. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG-13

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Robin Williams; Diane Lane; Jennifer Lopez; Fran Drescher; Brian Kerwin; Bill Cosby; Adam Zolotin
Running Time: 2 hours
Filmographies: Robin Williams; Fran Drescher