Jack Goes Boating

  • 15
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (2010)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Like Jack, the character he plays here, Philip Seymour Hoffman sometimes tries too hard with his directorial debut based on an off-Broadway play by Bob Glaudini. Still, as Hoffman's Brooklyn limo driver embarks upon a tentative relationship with mortician's assistant Connie (Amy Ryan), there are touching insights into a life blighted by disappointment that recalls Delbert Mann's Oscar-winning Marty. The quaint courtship is also contrasted with a deteriorating marriage, admirably played by John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega as Jack's friends Clyde and Lucy. Clyde throws himself into teaching Jack how to swim and cook, for Connie's benefit, and to take his mind off his own domestic travails, neatly capturing a mood of middle-aged ennui. Reuniting with the play's original cast members Ortiz and Rubin-Vega, Hoffman has an intimate feel for the drama, yet he strives to open it out for the big screen with too many lyrical montages, and this occasionally blunts the more intense exchanges.

Plot Summary

Married couple Clyde and Lucy set their single co-workers Jack and Connie up with each other. The experience inspires Jack to turn his life around so he can be a better man for Connie, but leads to Clyde and Lucy uncovering problems in their own relationship. Drama, directed by and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. With Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Cast and crew


Philip Seymour Hoffman
Amy Ryan
John Ortiz (1)
Daphne Rubin-Vega
Dr Bob
Thomas McCarthy
Italian woman
Lola Glaudini
Event coordinator
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Naeem Uzimann
Harry L Seddon
MTA worker
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Potato chip guy
Ricky Garcia


Philip Seymour Hoffman

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Available on DVD
Released 4 Nov 2011
Certificate 15