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Jack Goes Boating


Academy-Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman directs, produces, and stars alongside Academy-Award nominee Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, and Daphne Rubin-Vega in this unconventional romantic comedy.

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Fresh: As is so often the case in modest, aimless little movies like this one, it is the acting that saves Jack Goes Boating from triviality or worse.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, September 17, 2010

Rotten: It's a mighty awkward adaptation for such an uncomplicated project...

- Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rotten: Glaudini expects character tics to substitute for plot development.

- Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Reminded me of the 50's movie Marty with Ernest Borgnine, that is with the Off Broadway edginess of drugs and sexual discovery thrown in. Hoffman as Jack works with Ortiz as Clyde. Ryan as Connie works with Rubin-Vega as Lucy. Clyde and Lucy set Jack and Connie up. Just as Jack and Connie's relationship begins to bloom the other couple's marriage begins to head downhill. Jack is an easy going guy with dreads and an affinity for music with a good vibe, namely reggae tracks. The soundtrack of the movie is filled with various tunes all with good vibes. Jack is a middle aged guy who wishes to learn to cook and swim in order to please Connie. Amy Ryan outshines Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance at times in acting out their courtship. Toward the end I found it disturbing with the casual drug use, but the final shots of the new couple are sweet. It is a feel good romance.

- hypathio7, Monday, October 11, 2010

4 stars

Review coming soon.

- kylemydude, Friday, October 15, 2010

4 stars

Great transcript of a story that was first written as a theater performance. It worked great on film.

- aartka, Saturday, October 2, 2010