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Jake Klein, 50, sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife.  Even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too! And every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake’s head reels as he staggers through what’s either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown... or both!

A Coming of Middle-Age Story


I couldn’t be happier with Jake Squared if I tried. I set out to make a film regardless of whether or not I was able to find cast or financing -- if I had to shoot it with my friends on my iPhone, that was what I was going to do. But somehow, miraculously, I was able to put together the most extraordinary cast I’ve ever worked with – a cast I wouldn’t have even dreamed of in my wildest fantasy. But first came the incredible Elias Koteas, who fell in love with the script and saw in it the humor and warmth and honesty I had hoped people would see. He said it made him laugh and it made him cry, and I knew he was the right Jake. Then one by one came the others who all felt the same way. And from there, everything took off.
I was able to assemble a perfect crew as well. The editing, the cinematography, the costumes, the makeup, the visual effects, the music  -- it’s all exactly as I wanted it to be. There is nothing I would want to have seen done differently. There is nothing I feel is missing. There is nothing that I say, Oh if only I could have done this instead!
This is not only a film about the intimacy of adults, but also the intimacy of the young and the old as well. There are no explosions and nobody gets shot. Just an exploration of our shared and universal all-too-human search for love, with all its perfection and imperfection.
I just hope that you enjoy our heartfelt Coming of Middle-Age Story as much as we enjoyed making it and that you derive from it the pleasure that we hope you will.
Howard Goldberg

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