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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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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Touching story about relationships is for mature viewers.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this character-based drama (which marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who also stars) is poignant and touching but meant for adults thanks to its frequent sex talk, drinking and drug use, and language (especially "f--k"). Hoffman's character is somewhat inspirational, pulling himself out of a sad existence when he meets a girl and trying to improve himself so he deserves her. But at the same time, his best friend's marriage is falling apart. Teens may not be interested in this quiet story, but adults who are already Hoffman fans may appreciate it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the relationship between Jack and Connie. Are they good communicators? Do they do a good job of discussing what they want and what they're afraid of? How does this affect the way that the movie depicts sex?
  • Does Clyde have a problem with drinking, smoking, or drugs? Is he addicted, or is he using the substances to ease the pain of his failing marriage? Is that an excuse?
  • Is Jack a good role model? Throughout the film, everyone seems to help him, but he's rarely able to offer any help back -- does that make him selfish? Would he help if he could?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

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