Kutcher saves ‘Jobs’ from being completely unlikable

Janice Daniels

After watching “Jobs,” directed by Joshua Michael Stern, all there is to think about is why Steve Jobs was such a big, dorky jerk.

As inspiring as the film was, it lacked to provide insight from Jobs’ perspective as he continued to do things like fire people who supported him, or kick a girlfriend to the curb when he found out she was pregnant. The only thing that keeps the audience from thinking Steve Jobs is a completely cold-hearted sociopath is the fact that goofy Ashton Kutcher plays him; and no one hates Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher seemed to be comfortable in his role as Jobs, especially as the carefree peasant-shirt-wearing Jobs he portrayed earlier in the film and, of course, did a great job at acting (I think he was acting, anyway) as the stoned, hippie dude he is always cast as.

We follow Jobs from his life as a barefoot, acid-dropping young adult who sat in on college art and calligraphy classes; a genius working at Atari who was better at controlling people than obeying them; to the stubborn CEO of Apple who loses many companions as a result of his work ethic and unrealistic expectations.

Kutcher is cast alongside nerdy supporting actor Josh Gad, who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and many other unfamiliar actors and actresses from films popular in the 1990s. I’m not complaining; Dermot Mulroney who played the groom in 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding” is still as studly as ever in his role as an investor and second CEO of Apple.

What the film makes me believe about Jobs is he was a  jerk who didn’t know the first thing about acting considerate towards others- or had to force himself to do so – which I highly doubt is completely true given he had so many people who loved him. If anything, the film wasn’t enough about Jobs’ life – things he did outside of work – and was too much about the history of Apple and its growing technology. Although Apple played a significant role in Job’s life, there was much more to him and anyone who has read “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson would say the same.

Although the story is a bit all over the place with huge gaping holes in it – such as how Jobs reconnects with his unknown child later in her life – it is worth seeing because it is informative, humorous and gives some history as to how Apple became what it is today.

I give this movie a seven out of 10.