Jack and the Beanstalk (2009 film)

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Jack and the Beanstalk
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Directed byGary J. Tunnicliffe
Produced byGary DePew
Pascal Goupil
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Written byFlip Kobler
Cindy Marcus
StarringGilbert Gottfried
Chevy Chase
Chloë Grace Moretz
Christopher Lloyd
Katey Sagal
Wallace Shawn
James Earl Jones
Music byRandy Miller
CinematographyBrian Baugh
Edited byAndrew Cohen
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CountryUnited States

Jack and the Beanstalk is a 2009 low-budget live-action adaptation of the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe.


Jack Thatcher (Colin Ford) must perform a heroic deed or flunk out of fairy tale school. He sells a valuable possession for magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk overnight. He climbs the enchanted beanstalk and enters a magical and dangerous world to rescue Destiny (Madison Davenport), a little girl who has been transformed into a harp.

This version of the tale includes references to other fairy tale characters as well as contemporary elements.


Production and release[edit]

The film was originally produced for theatrical release in 2009.[1] It was shown at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on April 24, 2010.[citation needed]

Home media release[edit]

The film was released on home video in the United States by Screen Media Films on May 11, 2010.


Tracy Moore of Common Sense Media called the film "goofy fun" and gave it 3/5 stars.[2]

In an otherwise positive review, MovieGuide wrote, "The sets and costumes are occasionally hokey. Also, the occasional toilet humor and slapstick comedy sometimes detracts from the movie’s natural charm." Nevertheless, MovieGuide gave the film 3/4 stars.[3]

Sloan Freer of Radio Times called it a "charmless take on the classic fairy tale" and later lamented that "James Earl Jones wastes his rich tone as the voice of the underwhelming goliath."[4]

Jason Best of What's on TV wrote that Jack and the Beanstalk "seeks to emulate the playful wit of the wondrous The Princess Bride but falls woefully short."[5] He went on to note that "Christopher Lloyd, Wallace Shawn and Chevy Chase are also involved, so you’d expect the film to be a lot funnier than it is, but Gary J Tunnicliffe’s flat direction doesn’t give anyone a chance to shine."[5]

Donna Rolfe of The Dove Foundation wrote, "This is a charming fairy tale with encouraging values and colorful characters who will entertain the entire family."[6]

The Netflix company DVD.com called it a "family-friendly comedy" and gave it 31/3 out of 5 stars.[7]


  1. ^ "Jack and the beanstalk: an adventure of gigantic proportions". 28 March 2018 – via Open WorldCat.
  2. ^ "Jack and the Beanstalk - Movie Review".
  3. ^ "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK - Movieguide - Movie Reviews for Christians". 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Jack and the Beanstalk – review - cast and crew, movie star rating and where to watch film on TV and online". Radio Times.
  5. ^ a b "Film review - Jack and the Beanstalk - A less-than-enchanting fairy-tale flop - Movie Talk - What's on TV". 24 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Jack and the Beanstalk - Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews".
  7. ^ "Rent Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) on DVD and Blu-ray - DVD Netflix". dvd.netflix.com.

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