Her name is Jacquelyn, but if you call her anything but Jack, she'll cut you. What changes might you make? At the end of the movie, we can see Jack as she contemplates the sky the same way as Glory, while being driven in a police car. There are a ton of familiar character actor faces in this flick: M. Ultimately, Jack learns a lot about herself and how to help Glory, and that's laudable, but the movie reduces Glory to a vehicle for Jack's character growth and maturity in a way that's formulaic. I've seen episodes of Walker Texas Ranger with higher production values. You can surf on your computer or do other stuff while the movie enters slow spots, and occasionally give the film your full attention during a shoot out or sex scene. Jack of Hearts also stars Ben Gazzara, M.
Stan Arcure as Tyde Kearne. Set and filmed in , the series follows the life of a tough-talking probation officer, Jack Denby , who finds that life and crime in the Welsh capital is much different to the workings of inner-city , when he is forced to move away to join his girlfriend, Suzanne Anna Mountford , a university lecturer. A young guy bugs his friend about whether he's hooked up with the hot babysitter. Robb, a talented young actress, gives Jack the right balance of a con artist's charm, a former foster kid's street smarts, and a determined older sister's desperation. Emmet Walsh The Jerk, Raising Arizona, Blade Runner , Richard Edson Platoon, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Strange Days , and Nick Mancuso Under Siege, Total Recall 2070, Wild Palms to name a few. Benny This is a hard-boiled, film noir crime fiction drama that is big on ambition, but low on production budget. Although the movie attempts to explore the challenges of family life involving a child with special needs, some viewers particularly those in the autism or disability community might see Glory as merely a prop or muse for a neurotypical character's development.
But here everything is right again. Another time, Jack patiently allows Glory to throw her plate of food around as she tries to get Glory to eat with utensils, sitting at the dinner table. As these two scrappy survivors find an affinity with each other, Kay finds in Jack a daughter she can talk to. And how does Jack help Glory? Roy Murcant Nick Mancuso is a free-wheeling entrepreneur who has built a multi-million dollar empire on the Las Vegas strip with his own two hands. Still, Jack of the Red Hearts is worth seeing and discussing the issue of autism, how characters with autism are depicted in popular culture, and why the narratives about families with special needs to evolve and focus on them, not just their families and helpers.
When romantic sparks fly between Jack and Robert, Glory's 17-year-old brother, we see a group of wounded people poignantly and surprisingly begin to heal each other-just a little bit. I wouldn't rent or buy this flick, but if it was on late at night and I couldn't sleep, I'd watch it. Grillo makes the action real, including showing us what Glory sees and hears as she confronts the frightening world around her. Cast Cast overview, first billed only:. Taylor Richardson is an amazing actor. Kansas City: Andrew McMeel Publishing. But not everyone in newly corporate Las Vegas is convinced Murcant is playing by the rules; Murcant's partners think he may be pocketing more than his fair share of the money, while others are certain he's keeping his operation afloat through bribes and kickbacks.
But, they did the best with what they had. It is now an M18-rated film. The family then forgives her and promises to do anything they can for Jack. Having blown through the family's savings, Glory's mother, Kay , has to work for the first time since Glory was a baby, and she's impressed with Donna's resume and references. Glory's family loves her, but the mom is also desperate for her to be labeled high-functioning and attend a particular private school. The plot is complicated, everyone has a quasi-New-York-tough-guy accents, the music is incessant, and the movie seemingly spent all of their budget on a few explosions shot in ultra slow motion. The main character smokes cigarettes, shoplifts, commits fraud, and generally acts in an iffy way for much of the movie -- until she starts to really care for her charge, Glory.
Larry Hall as Frank Patton. She goes to meet her sister and tell her that she should stay in the foster home. With fine performances from Robb and Janssen, this family drama is touching but stereotypical in its portrayal of how a girl with autism helps change an unethical young woman's life for the better. She doesn't drop out of character for a moment. Although director Janet Grillo, working from a screenplay by Jennifer Deaton, wisely makes sure Jack faces consequences for her actions, the set-up is a bit predictable.
It will work well on the small screen. She needs the money, and she needs a safe place to stay. The movie is fascinating in many ways--it has great acting, especially by Jenny Jaffe, and it doesn't shy away from presenting the heartrending difficulties a family faces when they are raising a child with this disability. Jack-as-Donna gets the job but has no idea what she's in for with Glory, whom she must shadow at school and during various activities and therapies. Murcant's case would be made if he could find the second set of books, but there are plenty of people in Vegas looking for them, and a few would be willing to kill to get their hands on them. A streetwise teenage runaway is on the lam from her probation officer.
Much to her surprise, Jack has a unique ability to connect with the nonverbal little girl. The local authorities knew about the book, hence the foreign production crew did not tell them that they were adapting it, fearing that they would not be permitted to shoot the film. The series was broadcast on Wednesdays at 21:30, and was also repeated on Thursdays and Saturdays on. A character makes a joke about something sounding like masturbation without saying the word. On website , the film holds an approval rating of 55% based on 11 reviews, and an of 5. But it might just have that something it needs to find an audience.
The idea that Glory's family has had to sacrifice so much for her care might ring true to some, but it could also seem stereotypical to others who feel that aspect of stories about special needs families tiring or untrue. How does this one compare? Places featured in the film include the former now demolished and. Car chases seem to go on a little too long, as if they are there solely to fill time. Synopsis A cop looking for a chance to redeem himself comes up against a man who has built a fortune out of corruption in this thriller. So much so, that I guess they didn't have enough money left towards the end of the movie to pay for fake blood or squibs, instead settling on gunshot noises and close ups of people's faces as they are shot. Does she exhibit -- or learn -- any clear during the movie? Glory's parents kiss passionately and reconnect romantically in the bedroom -- it's clear that they make love, but it happens off camera. Lee Dillon as Lucky Vanos.
Production issues aside, I thought that this is the perfect sort of low-budget movie to watch on Showtime or Cinemax late at night when you can't get to sleep. A petty criminal who's committed fraud and shoplifted, Jack ends up on the run from the authorities. With the help of a friend, Jack impersonates a skilled special educator named Donna on the day of an interview for a live-in position to care for Glory, a barely verbal 11-year-old girl with autism. This, like so many other movies in the Film Noir genre, would have greatly benefited from an increase in budget. Aerial shots of Las Vegas are shaky, as if they didn't have the cash for a steady cam rig, or could only afford the low budget stock footage. Emmet Walsh, Lucky Vanous, and Joe Penny. There's never a doubt that Glory will finally express herself verbally and make breakthroughs with Jack, who has to steal another caretaker's folder to even have a clue what she should be doing with the girl.