A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Steve Jobs isn't exactly kind, not will he be remembered for being easy to work with. But he truly believes in his mission, and he rewards loyalty and support with the same. He isn't presented as a man who's willing to be accountable as a father, although that changes over time. Joanna Hoffman, his colleague, is honest and supportive and loyal, which endears her to both Jobs and to viewers.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
None shown, though the subject is referenced during an argument between Jobs and his ex-girlfriend.
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Fairly salty, including "s--t," "a--hole," and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Since the movie is about the founder of Apple, there's plenty of Apple worship in the film; even when certain Apple products are disparaged, they're still presented as better than most. Other products seen/mentioned include Pepsi, Cathay Pacific, and Time magazine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Steve Jobs -- based on the same-named biography by Walter Isaacson -- is a fascinating, exhilarating, controversial look at the titular computer genius (played by Michael Fassbender). While Jobs is portrayed here as a visionary, it's clear that he could be very difficult to work with; the film also paints a fairly harsh picture of him as a father to a daughter he initially denied (a depiction that some of those who knew him personally have taken issue with). Expect several loud arguments, expletive-riddled rants (including "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," and "f--k"), some social drinking, and many scenes lovingly showing Apple products. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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