Jack Goes Boating

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Jack Goes Boating

Philip Seymour Hoffman (2010)

15 Certificate


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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.


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 & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Trinity Filmed EntertainmentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 4 Nov 2011