You Don't Know Jack

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Presented by HBO Films, You Don’t Know Jack tells the story of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who in 1990 invented his “Mercy Machine” to perform assisted suicides on terminally ill patients. In and out of court, Kevorkian maintained that the method was humane and spared the victims months of suffering and deterioration. The movie focuses on Kevorkian’s character, passion and motivation, painting an interesting picture of someone the media depicted as a monster known as “Dr. Death.” Al Pacino plays Dr. Kevorkian, with supporting performances from Brenda Vaccaro, Susan Sarandon and Danny Huston.

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Rated TV-14, You Don’t Know Jack features language and some scenes of injections that are edited in the ClearPlayed version. What you can’t edit is the mature subject matter, which could be disquieting for younger viewers, and will probably turn off a lot of older viewers as well who carry strong opinions on the matter.

Should I get to know Jack?…

You can probably answer this question better than I can. The movie is well made, thoughtfully scripted, and features strong, riveting performances that merit a viewing, especially in you’re interested in seeing a side of the character the media overlooked. But if the mere thought of watching a feature about life and death makes you squeamish, you may want to steer clear.

Marty Nabhan— ClearPlay Film Doctor
Rated TV-14; 134 min; Directed By Barry Levinson
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