Parents' Guide to

Steve Jobs

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling portrait of Apple genius has lots of swearing.

Movie R 2015 122 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+

One of Aaron Sorkin’s Finest

Steve jobs is a very compelling and well made drama with a fantastic script starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. The film takes place over 14 years and focuses on the launches of 3 computers. Just about the only thing to worry about in this film is language. Language : 4/5 About 20 F-Words, lots of other mild profanities. Messages : 3/5 Messages about the importance of taking parenting seriously and the strive for perfection
age 15+

Interesting and deep

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (11 ):
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Steve Jobs marries the genius of its director and writer, but it's not impervious to their faults. Boyle gives the movie his signature kinetic energy, imbuing what could have been slow, talky moments with a sense of urgency, which is heightened by Sorkin's unmistakable whip-smart, whip-fast patter. But these are precisely the film's shortcomings, too; the pace is so frenetic that it almost forgets to let viewers take a breath. And while Jobs' relationship with his daughter, Lisa -- whom he once denied -- anchors the film, by the end it feels somewhat heavy-handed. In the meantime, we're left to try to figure out the genius of Apple products and why consumers took to them. The film might have been better served if it had spent a little less time with the former and more time with the latter. (Some argue that it also would have been better served if it had been truer to events as they actually happened; the film has drawn controversy over Sorkin's supposedly fairly creative interpretation of some aspects of Jobs and his actions.)

All of that said, be prepared to be impressed by Michael Fassbender; he may not look much like Jobs or display his specific mannerisms, but he certainly seems to have bottled the man's intensity and relentless commitment to his vision. Fassbender and the rest of the cast -- including Kate Winslet as Jobs' trusted confidante/colleague, Joanna Hoffman -- operate like a tightly oiled machine. It's not perfect, but Steve Jobs, much like the man himself and his products, is fascinating.

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