In 1976, college dropout Steve Jobs heralded a revolution within the confines of his parents’ garage. Jobs, along with friend and technical wizard Steve Wozniak, unleashed the “homebrew” Apple 1 personal computer kit onto an unsuspecting public, producing 200 units by hand and shipping each one themselves (monitor and keyboard not included). Apple Inc. was born, and the world would never be the same. Today hundreds of millions of users around the world remain tethered to the remarkable products that Jobs championed—his impact on the world of technology was undoubtedly colossal, but his effect on our culture was simply immeasurable.
Although the road that Jobs traveled to become CEO of the company he cofounded was a tumultuous one, director Joshua Michael Stern unfurls his story with relative ease, and Ashton Kutcher’s highly nuanced portrayal of the technology icon adroitly captures the essence of a man who changed the way we live. - A. M.
About the Director
Director/writer Joshua Michael Stern’s debut feature, Neverwas, starring Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen, and Nick Nolte, premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. For his follow-up, Swing Vote, he directed Kevin Costner, Stanley Tucci, and Dennis Hopper. JOBS is his third feature film. Stern has an impressive familial connection to movies and TV—his grandmother was a studio executive who worked with legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, and his grandfather was the original executive producer and creator of The Tonight Show.
Cast and Credits
Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Screenwriter: Matt Whiteley
Executive Producers: Ronald Bulard, Jacob Pechenik, Marcos Rodriguez, David Traub
Producer: Mark Hulme
Coproducer: Gil Cates, Jr.
Cinematographer: Russell Carpenter
Editor: Robert Komatsu
Composer: John Debney
Principal Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J. K. Simmons, Matthew Modine