Jack the Bear (1993)


“You have to be on your guard every minute Jack. The other guy always has a trick up his sleeve.” – Grandpa

Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 May 2000 and 23 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A late night TV host must find a way to raise his two young sons after his wife dies in a car accident.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing 18 years ago but only recalled the fact that I enjoyed it a lot.

The rewatch was just as effective on me because I now understand why I had a strong memory of liking this film.

The story is great and they manage to have it play out very well.

The casting of Danny DeVito in the role of the father was a great one despite the fact that it would seem completely wrong for him to take such a part since it’s so different from what he usually plays.

This is IMHO one of his best performances and he really shines in this role.

The choice to keep the story being narrated by a young kid was the right one because it allows us to get a very innocent look at a world that isn’t quite so innocent at all.

This film is based on a book and I’m now interested in trying to find a copy because it feels so nostalgic to me since it takes place in the 70’s in suburban America.

This setting works really well to help create an atmosphere that helps set up such a story for us to find a strong connection with.

This is quite a heartwarming and heartbreaking story and it really manages to stay interesting the whole time

Bottom Line – Great story that plays out really well.  DeVito is superb in this film and gives one of the most powerful performances of his career which is amazing since he feels so miscast in this role.  The choice to have the story be told mostly from the point of a young teen works really well to give us a somewhat innocent look at the work that is not innocent at all.  The 70’s setting works really well to create the perfect atmosphere fr such a story.  Extremely heartwarming. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Principal photography was completed in the summer of 1991, but the film’s post-production lasted over a year. The creative team decided to film more footage with Danny DeVito; however, the actor had other prior commitments that kept the film from being completed. Director Marshall Herskovitz and producer Bruce Gilbert initially clashed in the editing room but they ultimately patched up their differences and worked as a team. In July 1992, DeVito’s additional scenes were filmed. The film was finished in October, but the studio’s Christmas schedule had already been filled and it ultimately was released in April 1993. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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