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Review of Jake Gyllenhaal in October Sky

Summer Netflix Challenge: Sweet Baby Jake in October Sky

Editor B. chiming in here, following up on my promise to follow Jake Gyllenhaal all Summer long for my personal Netflix challenge. There are a few movies that I've been meaning to see for a long time (The Good Girl comes to mind), but I decided to start with one of Gyllenhaal's earlier movies. Before he was the Prince of Persia, a much younger (and less beefy) Jakey G starred in a heart-warming tale of a wannabe rocket scientist called October Sky.

I like to think of this film as a hidden gem in Gyllenhaal's resume (I hadn't even heard of it until recently), but it's a very sweet period piece based on the true story of friends hoping to win a science fair and go to college. As Homer Hickman, Jake's baby face and blue eyes provide the perfect amount of hope to a 17-year-old boy with big dreams. I was also impressed with his Southern accent (the movie takes place in West Virginia) and the way he handled his complex onscreen relationship with dad Chris Cooper. I'd recommend it if you're in the mood for a predictable but sweet movie to give you some warm fuzzies.

Want to review and chat about your own Summer rentals? Join my Netflix challenge group, pick your theme or actor, and get watching! You may see your own posts right here on BuzzSugar.

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