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Jake Squared (2013)

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A filmmaker sets out to make a new project in order to figure out how he's screwed up every relationship he's ever had.

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Howard Goldberg

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Howard Goldberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elias Koteas ... Jake Klein
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sheryl
Virginia Madsen ... Beth
Kevin Railsback Kevin Railsback ... Young Jake
Jane Seymour ... Joanne
Mike Vogel ... Actor Jake
Gia Mantegna ... Sarah
Tanner Buchanan ... Sammy
Ron Gilbert ... Mitch Klein
Kerry Stein Kerry Stein ... Grandfather
Meredith Salenger ... Mom
Liana Liberato ... Young Joanne
Susan Traylor ... Jocelyn
Kelly Pendygraft ... Actor Beth
Yetta Gottesman ... J Date Woman
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Storyline

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! Written by Jake Squared LLC

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jake a négyzeten See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,681, 17 August 2014

Gross USA:

$2,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,592
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Trivia

Elias Koteas and Virginia Madsen previously starred together in The Prophecy (1995). See more »

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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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This movie is brilliant.
13 July 2014 | by PJ_GaynardSee all my reviews

I've never written a review for a movie before though I have worked in the movie business for a long time! I saw this movie at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

Here's what I think:

You will be given countless opportunities to see movies about perfect people (portraying underdogs) saving a town/country/world/universe BUT very few chances to see a movie that teaches you something interesting and new about the human condition. This movie succeeds in illuminating the human condition, especially aging men looking for love. I have had daydreams similar to several scenes in this movie, but could not articulate them like Howard Goldberg does. The movie is very "meta"; it's self-reflexive and self-deprecating. Elias Koteas plays four different ages of himself and they talk to each other (along with other actors playing his character). Some of his acting and Goldberg's writing reminded me of conversations I've had with myself, and at other times it reminded me of things I've talked to my father about. To me there are very few movies that really discuss what it's like to be a man. Not a macho man, or a sex crazed man, but just a man, warts and all. This movie really shows it, the loneliness, the need for love, the second guessing, and a lot more. It still funny, and wonderfully acted, and stressful. I never knew what was coming, because of its originality.

I don't want to give away too much, just go see it.


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