Meet Joe Black

as "Drew"

Jake plays Drew, the ambitious young lead of the film. His fiancee is Susan Parrish (Claire Forlani), the daughter of his boss (played by Anthony Hopkins). Unfortunately, evil Death in the form of Joe Black (Brad Pitt) arrives and ruins Drew's honorable intentions.
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Okay, I lied; that's actually not the real theme of the film. Drew is actually the bad guy, who plans on taking over Hopkins' business. Death/Joe Black saves the day and seduces Claire in the process. Big surprise! Most critics found the film pretty dull, but Jake's performance as Drew was almost enough to liven things up, as you'll see from reviews below:

Variety, November 9, 1998 - November 15, 1998 by Todd McCarthy

"Weber starts quietly and eventually commands singular attention as Parrish's treacherous would-be successor and son-in-law, while Harden and Tambor more gently score in lightly comic support."

The Toronto Star, November 13, 1998

"...Joe is also fighting the strange tingling feeling he gets - and it's not heartburn from the peanut butter - whenever he's around Susan, who obviously has a problem with relationships. She begins making eyes at yokel Joe while she's still engaged to daddy's scheming business protege, Drew (Jake Weber), who is actually a whole lot more fun than Joe. At least he has a pulse."

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Cox News Service, November 12, 1998 by Gary Schwan

"The best turns come from the supporting cast, especially Jake Weber (" Dangerous Beauty") as a Judas of a right-hand man. He's a marvelous mixture of droll deviltry, and his blank stares at the exasperating Joe Black are amusing."

Cox News Service, November 12, 1998 by Steve Murray

"A mixture of "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock and Chauncey Gardner of "Being There," Black falls for Bill's daughter Susan (Clair Forlani). Like Meg Ryan in "City of Angels," Forlani plays a doctor. Her attraction to Pitt is as hard to buy as Ryan's for dopey angel Nicolas Cage: These men are studly but off-kilter weirdos who act like children and delight in new sensation...The film spends unholy amounts of time on the skulduggery of Bill's right-hand man, Drew (played snakily well by Jake Weber) . He plots a merger of Parrish Communications with another media giant, meaning that Bill will lose control of his own company."

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The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 12, 1998 by David Elliott

"As if fusing the roles of John Ehrlichman, Bob Haldeman and John Dean, Jake Weber plays Bill's No. 2 man in the conglomerate, Drew, as the oiliest of snakes. Genuine power, with the prospect of more to inherit, does not deflect Drew from being a smug, vile wretch, while always looking great in $700 suits."

The Detroit News November 13, 1998, by By Susan Stark

" ... credible way despite the grandiosity of the film maker. Others who, in smaller roles, do well are Jeffrey Tambor and Jake Weber, respectively Hopkins' thick but decent son-in-law and conniving second-in-command, and Marcia Gay Harden, the ..."

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The Kansas City Star, November 13, 1998  by Robert W. Butler

" ... Marcia Gay Harden and Jeffrey Tambor as William's neurotic daughter and sweet but doltish son-in-law. Jake Weber is effectively oily as William's duplicitous protege and - until Joe Black's arrival - Susan's main squeeze."

Chicago Tribune, November 13, 1998 by Michael Wilmington

"... The rest of the six-person core cast are all on the money. Forlani, looking a bit like a baby Kristin Scott-Thomas, has a moving china-doll firmness and fragility. Weber's Drew is dead-on despicable, a discredit to his class."

"Images" (Issue #7), by Gary Johnson

"... The movie's most compelling component is the confrontation between Bill Parrish and his company's board of directors....In part, this confrontation becomes engaging because of the outstanding supporting performance by Jake Weber.

"As Bill's future son-in-law, Drew (Weber) spearheads the attempt to overtake Parrish Publishing. Bill's impending death fills this conflict with urgency. Whereas in most circumstances the business/publishing plot would sound a bit mundane, the presence of Death--who seldom ventures far away from Bill--constantly reminds us that Bill is working on borrowed time.

"Many actors in Weber's shoes would have been chewing the scenery; however, Weber underplays the character. We sense the impatience and impertinence that Drew keeps masked behind his gracious manners, but Weber resists the temptation to push the character to comic book excess (think of Gary Oldman in about any role)--and that means his character remains all the more human, and all the more credible.

"Jake Weber is so good he nearly steals this movie away from Hopkins and Pitt, and that's no small task. While Hopkins and Weber vie for control of the company, Bill's daughter begins to fall in love with Joe Black.... Their romance pales in comparison to Bill Parrish's confrontations with Drew."

Bath Chronicle, January 13, 1999

"...Younger daughter Susan (Claire Forlani) is a doctor, and romantically involved with her father's closest associate, Drew (Jake Weber) . The two men are working on a deal that will allow Parrish's company to be taken over by a bigger company. . . .Jake Weber also deserves credit for making the most of the limited part of Drew, whom he plays for laughs, lightening up the film no end when he's around, which isn't enough."

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