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It’s a big hurdle to get over: Ashton Kutcher is playing Steve Jobs. This is not a typo. The dude from Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000) is portraying the tech wizard who transformed personal computers and thus, our modern world. Wisely, director Joshua Michael Stern kicks off this look at the man’s life at the 2001 Apple Town Hall Meeting in which Jobs introduced the iPod. Our first glimpse of Kutcher as the older, more seasoned, gray-bearded icon doesn’t just confirm that he can ape the appearance and the loping gait of Jobs 2.0; the actor nails the look in the man’s eyes, a penetrating glance that suggests he’s simultaneously chasing rainbows and sizing up weaknesses. It’s an inspired move. What you get is a mini recap of a pioneer’s life – a biopic shuffle.

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By David Fear
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 128
  • Released: Thu, 22 Aug
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: Joshua Michael Stern
  • Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Eldard

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