King Jack

 (77)7.01 h 20 min201613+
An underprivileged teenager bonds with his young cousin while facing off against a vicious bully.
Felix Thompson
Charlie PlummerCory NicholsChristian Madsen
DramaYoung Adult Audience
English [CC]
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Danny Flaherty
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4.1 out of 5 stars

77 global ratings

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ACReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
What's so great about this movie? WARNING I am giving away the ending
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Getting bullied by neanderthals is the basic plot of so many "coming of age" movies. The only things that make this (marginally) different from all the others are: [1] After Jack deserts his smaller cousin being brutally bullied by said neanderthals, his cousin soon forgives him and then later comes to his rescue when he's being attacked again, by bashing the attacking neanderthal's head with a bottle of booze, but then the cousin is too scared to come to Jack's aid at the party attack even though he's holding a baseball bat. Go figure. [2] Nobody else at the party, not the girls who supposedly like Jack, nor a bunch of cowardly guys just watching, as if petrified, tries to help him at all when there's only a single guy kicking and beating him, but Jack later happily gets together, like all is forgiven, with those same girls who'd just stood by, frozen, when he was getting beaten nearly to death. (Oh yes, one of them did make him a paper crown.. How nice.) Go figure.
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TravisReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I actually liked this one
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I enjoyed it. Thought it was well shot, thought provoking, and made an effort to build on characters and tie some loose ends together. A reminder of learning to remember the struggles one overcomes, and not blindly allowing it to happen to others.

But the Bystander Effect is REAL in this film. The kind that makes your blood boil, and question what the hell prevents another human from intervening. I'm also not appreciative of those same bystanders assuming they can continue to be part of the victim's life. Don't ever standby and watch - it's something you will live with for the rest of your life.
3 people found this helpful
ElliotReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sometimes redemption is to much to ask for and survival has to be enough.
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Sad but very realistic coming of age story that captures the life in the 15th summer of young Jack as he navigates his way to adulthood through a drab lower income blue collar neighborhood. I have known a few Jacks in my life and found Danny Flaherty's portrayal compelling and authentic. Dissaffected , gritty and more than a little self destructive as he is one finds ones self rooting for Jack while knowing things aren't going to turn out well for him.
7 people found this helpful
TReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Probably won't finish it
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A bit too "gritty" for my taste. Lots of underage drinking and smoking and sexual themes. Maybe it's just a bit too much like watching real life in the ghetto--not very bright teens making a lot of poor decisions, way too violent, and unimpressive character development. I'm not sure what the point of a film like this is. Maybe it's a lesson on what not to do if you're a teen in the ghetto?
regpinkyReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good story initially, but the screenplay is lacking, though the acting is pretty good. However the movie has no real ending!
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This movie is just OK. The acting is pretty good, but the story and screenplay are very lacking. The characters are not fleshed out, and the story itself has so many holes and the ending leaves the viewer completely without any conclusion! It's like... that's the end??? What? And although the premise of the story and the coming of age in an impoverished setting and the acting is at times quite good... but especially because of the non-ending ending, I do not recommend this movie.
3 people found this helpful
Neil S.Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent coming of age drama
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Very fine film indeed, both sensitive, rings true, and is thoroughly engaging. Follows a day or two in the life of 15 year old Jack as he navigates his hardscrabble world of violent bullies, fledgling interactions with girls, and an adolescence that must find its way past shaky bravado & deep humiliation on the way to an awakening sense of responsibility, honesty and vulnerability, and also courage. All this without ever being maudlin or overstated. A small gem.
10 people found this helpful
A. RuppReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Realistic Portrayal of Adolescence
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Well-acted and for the most part a realistic portrayal of adolescence. The bullying scenes are graphic but they aptly set the stage for Jack's end-of-film maturation. This type of bullying is quite unlikely to happen now in the age of zero tolerance, but it reminded me of growing up in the late 70s and early 80s.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Daughter And I Enjoyed It
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Well written. Great Acting. Something teenagers can easily relate to it.
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