A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Positive 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.
Violence & Scariness
Steve is volatile and yells at people -- including his pregnant girlfriend. He also throws things a couple of times.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Occasional strong language includes two uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "hell," "ass," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), and more.
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Products & Purchases
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.
Drinking, Drugs & 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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The acting is fine, but the movie ends up being more like a really expensive corporate pep rally for Apple employees than a nuanced depiction of a fascinating but flawed man. The best biographical dramas reveal something meaningful about their subjects -- not just what they accomplished, but what made them exceptional and larger than life, as well as flawed and human. Films like Coal Miner's Daughter, Lincoln, and Amadeus portray more than singers, politicians, and composers; they depict the genius, troubled individuals behind the legends. Aside from a few failures (the way Jobs ignored/refused to acknowledge his first child and later dissed his crew of early Apple employees) Jobs, on the other hand, is a bland celebration of him as the founder of Apple, not as a man.
Anyone who read a couple of Jobs obituaries -- not to mention any serious Apple follower -- will already know nearly everything depicted in the film. There's no dramatic tension outside of a boring board of directors decision to oust Jobs in 1985 that led to a personal crisis ... which isn't covered in the movie. Instead, the movie fast forwards several years, during which Jobs got married and reconciled with his daughter. None of the personal issues that make that time period so compelling in Jobs' life are even mentioned.
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