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Jake Squared

HD   R Closed Captioning

Howard Goldberg

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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. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Aug 14, 2014

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. – Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times, Aug 14, 2014

Rotten: More enervating than it is ambitious, Jake Squared is partly a romantic comedy and mostly a pseudo-philosophical apology for self-absorption. – Simon Abrams, Village Voice, Aug 12, 2014

Rotten: Goldberg buries the heart of the movie beneath several layers of pretentious film-school effects. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug 15, 2014

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Customer Reviews


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.

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!

Completely original and heartfelt dramedy

Seldom do I put pen to paper to review a film, but have to as I just saw Jake Squared and have to rave about it’s originality and poignancy…It’s a thinking man’s film, or woman’s, about the quest for love and all the pitfalls that trip us up along the way…Not only thought provoking, but funny as hell!
See it, you won’t be disappointed!

Jake Squared
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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