Jack (2023) Film Review | Movie-Blogger.com
I love comedy. It’s a genre that allows you to get away from it all with a few lines and a good story. At least if it’s done right. Few comedians and few comedy writers can achieve the goal of making you laugh with tears with a believable, simple story line up to a certain point. However, modern comedy hasn’t moved too far on its set of rules and the politically correct convention that must be followed when making jokes. Dirty comedies don’t exist anymore, and when a movie plays with the idea of being rags-to-riches, I can’t help but feel intrigued.
With JackI guess I was fine. It’s a comedy that reveals exactly what it’s about within the first minute and tells you its simple premise. The premise is too simple, but solid: a sexually frustrated young man whose penis can break the fourth wall and… communicate. Yes, it’s a dirty comedy, but it holds back when it needs to. Regardless, you should have checked every item on the list.
The problem is that every joke has been made, and in every possible way. The story is well written, but the setup is simply repetitive jokes told over and over again until you feel like you’ve run out of ideas.
The story is about Charlie, a young man whose age is difficult to determine. When your friends show up, it’s even harder to understand that they’re in school or college. Charlie lives with his mother and his penis can talk. His name is Jack and we, the audience, are the ones who hear the punches. It’s clear that the penis just wants to get laid, but Charlie’s social performance isn’t the best. Being in contact with a therapist and his friends and another kind of helper doesn’t help him much. He falls in love with the new girl at school (or university).
It’s an independent cinema that doesn’t look like an independent cinema. The film is very well shot, but unfortunately the screenplay collapses with a comedic tone that isn’t compelling or funny. Luke Rollason as Charlie does a good job at first because his facial expressions are cinematic. But there is a moment when his frowns, disappointed looks and voice add nothing to your journey. There’s a line, and it’s constantly being crossed for the sake of dirty comedy that isn’t done well.
Still, it has its moments. The character of the grandmother is extremely funny and the psychologist feels authentic. Stay till the end and some comments reveal the fate of each character and they are funny too.