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Jack Goes Boating

Rated R 89 min. 2010

The story of two vaguely damaged people who get fixed up by mutual friends. Philip Seymour Hoffman (making his directorial debut) is Jack, and the woman who takes to him is Connie (Amy Ryan). The couple who fix Jack and Connie up are Clyde (John Ortiz), a co-worker of Jack's, and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), whose marital problems also figure prominently in the plot. Clyde and Lucy's half of the story is by far the weaker one, which is saying something, as this is overall a weak effort about weak people. Jack Goes Boating attempts to offer a satisfying portrait of two people falling in love. Given its talented two leads, it falls surprisingly short of this modest ambition. And even as it flirts with being outright offensive, it fails there too, dissolving into something far too vague and minor to bother being upset about.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.jackgoesboatingmovie.com

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Writer: Bob Glaudini

Producer: Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Beth O'Neil and Emily Ziff

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Mark Vincent, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Harry L. Seddon, Ricky Garcia and Kevin Cannon

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