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Jack Of The Red Hearts (2015/Arc Entertainment DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C+

Janet Grillo's Jack of the Red Hearts (2015) is a heartwarming story about a teenage girl named Jack (played superbly by Annasophia Robb, who has matured since her performance in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) that is a rough teenage runaway on the run from her parole officer and loses custody of her young sister, whom is she is involving in her diabolic schemes.

Desperate to find a way to get her sister to live with her again, she impersonates a trained caregiver and meets a family that have an 11-year-old autistic girl named Glory. This family ends up being the one she never had where she falls for the older brother, befriends the mother (Famke Janssen of the X-Men and Taken films) and then of course is exposed for the fraud that she is. From here, the story gets formulaic with a predictable ending you can see coming from anywhere.

Though not really my cup of the tea, the film delivers a powerful message about autism and how even the roughest and toughest teens can be teamed when they feel loved. The performances and production design aren't terrible nor is the filmmaking as a whole.

The film is presented on DVD in standard definition with an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that sounds fine for the format. The colors are bright but there would be incredible improvement in detail from a high definition upgrade. No digital copy.

Extras include PSA: Early Signs of Autism, a Behind The Scenes featurette and Intro/ Autism/ Cinematography/ Janet.

A decent family film full of very real struggles, Jack Of The Red Hearts is equal parts heartwarming and predictable.

- James Lockhart



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