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Jack and Sarah

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Jack and Sarah

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
110 minutes
performer:
Richard E. Grant, Samantha Mathis, Ian McKellen
director:
Timothy Sullivan
author:
79466
genre:
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a C

Don’t be fooled by the London setting: This piece of piffle about a yuppie-beast lawyer who Finds His Heart when he becomes a single father is, in essence, a chunk of American plastic — Jack and Sarah is One Man and a Baby. Jack (Richard E. Grant) is so unequipped for daddyhood he can barely make it through a Lamaze class. Then his wife dies in childbirth, leaving him to raise his infant daughter all by himself. Everything in the movie, from the baby-makes-pee-pee jokes to the romantic undercurrents that develop between Jack and his live-in American nanny (Samantha Mathis), is straight out of the processor. What keeps you watching is the spectacle of Grant adopting his sputteringly demented type-A personality (glittery eyes, feral smile, hysterical brain) to the demands of being warm and cuddly. Amazingly, he brings it off — without seeming any less loco than before.

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