(2015) (Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A forward-thinking businessman and innovator must contend with various professional and personal challenges as he prepares for big product launches in 1984, 1988 and 1998.
- It's 1984 and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) is preparing for the public revealing of the Mac computer. With his head of marketing, personal assistant and confidant, Joanna Hoffman (KATE WINSLET), by his side, he's hoping to orchestrate a successful product launch, but programmer Andy Hertzfeld (MICHAEL STUHLBARG) isn't sure he'll be able to get the computer to say hello to the shareholders at the presentation. At the same time, Steve must contend with fellow Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak (SETH ROGEN) wanting Jobs to acknowledge his Apple II team at the presentation, but Steve refuses to do so. In that same vein, he refuses to accept that 5-year-old Lisa (MAKENZIE MOSS) is his daughter, despite the girl's mother, Chrisann Brennan (KATHERINE WATERSON), having the court agree with her. Even worse, the mom and daughter are broke and only after Chrisann pleads their case does Jobs, worth north of $400 million, agree to help beyond the meager, court-mandated payments he's been making.
Four years later and after the failure of the Mac to capture enough sales, Apple CEO John Sculley (JEFF DANIELS) and the rest of the board have jettisoned Steve. Accordingly, he's gone on to create a rival company, NeXT, and is preparing the launch of its Cube computer system. But Steve must contend with many of the same issues as the last time, including having now 9-year-old Lisa (RIPLEY SOBO) wanting to live with him rather than her mom. He has other plans, however, and manages to maneuver himself back into having Apple want him back.
Ten years later, he's back on top at Apple, Sculley is gone, and Jobs is preparing for the launch of the iMac. With Joanna still by his side, he again runs into various challenges minutes before the reveal, including confrontations with Andy, Woz and now 19-year-old Lisa (PERLA HANEY-JARDINE), all of whom question Steve's way of running the business as well as his personal life.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're interested in the co-founder of Apple, are fans of anyone in the cast, or of director Danny Boyle, they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language.
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