Like father, like son. "2 Jacks," Bernard Rose's cleverly faithful adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's short story "Two Hussars," takes place over the course of two wild nights in Hollywood.
In the first, presented mostly in black and white except for some whimsical tinted accents, legendary director Jack Hussar (
When exactly this takes place is unclear — perhaps purposely so. The Belgian Congo, for example, ceased to exist in 1960, and the women wear flapper fashion (but maybe they're costumes?) while Jack's unwitting host wears a T-shirt, hoodie and ball cap.
Decades later — there are cellphones now, and the picture's in color — Jack's namesake son (played by Huston's nephew, Jack Huston) arrives in Tinseltown to shoot his first film. Feeling just as entitled as his father, though with none of Jack Sr.'s résumé or inherent charm, he woos the daughter of one of his dad's lovers before squandering any residual goodwill toward his father with bad-boy behavior.
Rose's Hollywood is a fantasy, one in which final cut is negotiated with a hand of poker, the two Jacks share a producer (
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Playing: At Downtown Independent, Los Angeles. Also on VOD.