is a film that wastes potential and oozes mediocrity, but it turns out Ashton Kutcher in the title role isn’t the reason for its failure. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, this biopic about Apple co-founder and visionary Steve Jobs spans the time between his dropping out of Reed College in the early ’70s and the launch of the iPod in 2001. But rather than focusing on the internal struggles of an ambitious man, Jobs
is more a series of product launches, and about half the film is spent watching boring old men argue in boardrooms. Both Jobs’ marketing genius and supreme douchebaggery are on display: He dumps his pregnant girlfriend at the same time he’s launching his multimillion-dollar company, and he fires a programmer for not sharing his artistic vision on computer fonts. At another point, Jobs startles a programmer as he walks into his office. “Jesus!” exclaims the underling. “Nope, it’s just Steve,” Jobs answers. But for the most part, Jobs
barely skims the surface, making it less of a biopic than a lesson about the ruthlessness of big business. The two-hour film spans too many years to truly explore Jobs’ character, and we’re instead left with the CliffsNotes to his life—and heavily abridged ones at that.