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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    One thing it doesn't do is offer a revealing look at the mercurial entrepreneur. The movie that bears his name settles on a blandly superficial treatment of a deeply complex man.

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  • 50

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    Variety Justin Chang

    Ultimately, Jobs is a prosaic but not unaffecting tribute to the virtues of defiance, nonconformity, artistry, beauty, craftsmanship, imagination and innovation, qualities it only intermittently reflects as a piece of filmmaking.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The dialogue comes straight out of "The Benny Goodman Story." That look, someone says to a staring, pausing Kutcher, "tells me you're on to something big." Nobody talks in this movie; everyone speechifies or take turns sloganing one another to death.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    The filmmakers do fall into the trap of overly sentimentalizing a widely beloved public figure who represents an enormous cultural significance. At the same time, however, they keep the movie frequently engaging.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    It’s a competently made, traditional biopic about a man who disdained those terms.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Biopic is more about Apple than Jobs' life; some drug use.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jobs is a biopic about late Apple founder/CEO Steve Jobs. As a young man, Jobs smokes marijuana and experiments with hallucinogens, and other characters drink and smoke. Two of Jobs' romances are depicted -- a one-night stand and his long-term college relationship. He's shown kissing in bed with each of them, but that's it; there's no nudity or graphic content. The language is fairly typical of a mature drama, with the occasional use of "s--t," "a--hole," and one "f--king." Expect countless references to Apple's early product innovations -- both the successes and the failures, from the original Apple computer to the iPod. Several car makes are also featured prominently -- Mercedes, Porsche, Corvette Stingray, Volvo, and more. Ultimately, this movie is likely to particularly appeal to families and teens interested in technology and Apple devices.

  • Families can talk about how Jobs concentrates on the time that Steve Jobs spent founding Apple and turning it into the premier computer company in the world. Is there more to Jobs' life that the filmmaker doesn't show? Why does the film focus on Jobs as an entrepreneur/inventor instead of, say, as a husband and father?
  • How does the movie depict drug use? Is it glamorized? What are the real-life consequences for using substances like LSD?
  • How does Jobs change compared to the other original Apple founders/employees? What does the movie say about "what it takes" to be an innovator?
  • Does owning i-devices and Apple computers make you more interested in seeing the movie? How does the movie make you feel about Apple and Jobs -- loyal to his vision? Critical of his treatment of employees?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The message of Steve Jobs' life is that, to be innovative, you have to commit to a greater vision than just making money -- you have to set out to change the way people live and, in the case of technology, to merge it with design and beauty. But the message is also that a life that's only about work isn't completely fulfilled.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are both brilliant and visionary, but Jobs is portrayed as having the ambition to lead a company, whereas Wozniak is painted as a more technical genius. Jobs' interest in making stuff that will change ordinary people's lives -- to pay attention to every tiny detail, to merge design with technology -- made him one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American history.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Steve is volatile and yells at people -- including his pregnant girlfriend. He also throws things a couple of times.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple of love scenes early on -- one between Jobs and a random woman at Reed College, and another trippy scene between Jobs and his college girlfriend. Kissing in bed is shown, but nothing more graphic.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional strong language includes two uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "hell," "ass," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), and more.

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Since the movie chronicles the history of Apple, it features detailed conversations about various Apple products, ads, town hall speeches, and more -- from the original Apple II to the Macintosh to the pivotal iPod reveal. Jobs' cars are also depicted: a Volvo wagon, a Porsche, a Stingray, a Mercedes. Apple's competitors IBM and Microsoft are mentioned, and the Apple CEO is lured from Pepsi. Rod drives a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and Steve once worked at Atari.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Steve and his friends do drugs (marijuana and LSD, which is portrayed as a mind-enhancing experience), particularly while at Reed College. But he stops as he gets older, and later he criticizes a friend for always smoking pot and not being focused on the business. Rod smokes cigarettes.