In spite of the blurbs on the poster the film is not considered "a classic," nor "a masterpiece." You also have that catchy line beneath the title "if it bleeds, it leads,' which tells you exactly where this movie is going. I suspect he did this film to show how "Oscar Worthy" an actor he is, because you know he really does want to win an Oscar. In fact every role Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on in recent years seems to have only one goal, nabbing him one of those golden statues. If he were to look at all of the Oscar winners, he'd see that strategy rarely works. Later this year, if we want, we'll get to see him in "Southpaw," where he plays a boxer. If Robert DiNero won for "Raging Bull," why shouldn't Jake win for "Southpaw?"
He needs to learn that it's not the part you play that wins you the award, but rather how well you play the part.