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About the Movie
Jake Klein, 50, sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife. Even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too! And every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake’s head reels as he staggers through what’s either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown... or both!
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 7
- Fresh: 1
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 3.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Quotations from sources as varied as Thelonious Monk, Mark Twain and Dr. Seuss appear on screen, imbuing the movie with unearned significance.
Rotten: The characters natter endlessly and summon printed quotes from Jean Cocteau, Mark Twain and e.e. cummings onto the screen. But they say nothing that's original, insightful or even interesting.
Rotten: More enervating than it is ambitious, Jake Squared is partly a romantic comedy and mostly a pseudo-philosophical apology for self-absorption.
Rotten: Goldberg buries the heart of the movie beneath several layers of pretentious film-school effects.
Highly Inventive with Great Acting!
This film is a little off-beat treasure. Elias Koteas is such a great actor, and he gets to show more of his range here than in anything else I’ve seen him in. The whole cast shines, it was all quite charming. Some of the reviews I’ve seen seem as if they’re by people who watched a different film. A movie that takes chances, is light on its feet, and avoids tired cliches to weave an unusual tale deserves better than the snarky, uninsightful comments one would expect more from a 14 YO boy trolling a band he hates. WATCH IT!
If you like things like Adaptation by Charlie Kaufman then this is the movie for you. It’s quirky and funny and dark and introspective all at the same time. And if you like Elias Koteas you will LOVE this!
What a fantastic movie! I cant believe how well Elias plays this role! And mike vogel totally kills it! Everyone should watch this movie. It speaks to everyones situation in a way.