In 1974 at Reed College, in Portland, US, the charming young Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) struggles to pay his tuition fees and is forced to drop out. He embarks on a soul-searching journey with his friend Daniel Kottke (Lukas Haas), returning to his foster parents' home in California two years later.
Later, he meets Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), and together they build the prototype of the first Apple computer. Willing investor Mike Markkula (Dermot Mulroney) helps the pair establish Apple.
But Jobs becomes a burden to his company for failing to observe budgets and communicate with others, and is forced to leave.
Stern is on the right track putting an emphatic focus on Jobs' early career - a time of struggle the general public knows little about. But the unnatural - often exaggerated - dramas fail to blend seamlessly into the storyline, and the two-hour biography falls short of being coherent.
Kutcher's portrayal is also a let-down, with little effort made to mimic Jobs' speech or gestures.
But overall, especially given the film's low budget, Jobs does a good job of telling the tale of the Apple leader's roller-coaster life.
YP Rating: 3/5