First slide

This history of the fluctuating fortunes of Steve Jobs, founder of the Apple computer empire, may not be the worst film biography of all time, but it certainly earns an unenviable place in the pantheon of lame screen profiles. Ashton Kutcher, directed by Joshua Michael Stern from a script by Matt Whiteley, portrays Jobs as an amoral, monomaniacal tyrant who cheats all who come into contact with him. He also abuses his co-workers -- most prominently the strangely faithful Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) -- and tries to dodge responsibility for his live-in girlfriend's (Ahna O'Reilly) baby. Yet this stultifying movie also incongruously confirms Jobs' self-proclaimed status as a technology guru, giving him platitudes to deliver while inspirational background music swells.

Watch out for: Cohabitation, two scenes of drug use, a couple of instances of profanity, frequent crass language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013