Jack Goes Boating

Jack Goes Boating

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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Jack and Connie are two single people who on their own might continue to recede into the anonymous background of New York City, but in each other begin to find the courage and desire to pursue a budding relationship. As Jack and Connie cautiously circle commitment, the couple that introduced them, Clyde and Lucy, confront their own unresolved issues, and each couple comes face to face with the inevitable path of their relationship.
Publisher: [United States] : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2011]
Edition: Blu-ray ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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mjayh
Mar 16, 2014

In this film we see a new love being launched alongside one going under. A wonderful film with excellent performances by all, but especially by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story has depth, insight into the nature of relationships, so if you're looking for a Hollywood romantic comedy, this is not for you.

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modestgoddess
Apr 05, 2013

I wonder if it's a good idea to make movies from the scripts of plays. That being said, this was an interesting watch. The acting is good and the dinner scene was devastating. The characters are unlike any people I know, but sure, there are probably people like them Out There. One reviewer, below, called these characters "middle class" but I would've said they were lower on the economic scale than that. The slowly blossoming romance is lovely. The counterpoint of the romance going through the shredder ain't so pretty. Seeing both underscores the fragility of love - and the strength of it. Nicely done - but for that, I think we can thank the playwright, Bob Glaudini.

lasertravis Mar 07, 2012

Well-acted, slow paced romantic comedy. Not very funny to me. Definitely tries to be weird. Succeeds in being different, but not interesting enough to entertain me. I did watch the whole movie and was interested in how it turned out. Not my kind of movie.

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docjnsuss
Jan 28, 2012

Two couples' relationships are the subject of this slow moving character study. Clyde and Lucy have been together for several years but have trust issues. They fix up the other main characters, Jack and Connie, who are both unfamiliar with intimate relationships. As the story unfolds Clyde and Lucy continue to have problems while Jack and Connie grow closer. Bottom line, neither the characters nor their relationships are particularly interesting.

Michael Colford Oct 24, 2011

Hats off to Philip Seymour Hoffman! Not only is his directorial debut a warm, funny, brilliantly acted, gorgeously written romance, it’s also the most adept depiction of the internal lives of people I’ve seen on screen. It’s a simple story: a longtime couple sets up their best friend with a new co-worker. A connection forms and the two start the awkward and hesitant dance of two shy people coming together, while the longtime couple start to feel the bumps in their relationship as things slowly fall apart.

I loved that JACK GOES BOATING isn’t about two damaged people meeting and falling in love… it’s about two real people meeting and falling in love. Jack and Connie are so fully inhabited and natural and so finely portrayed by Phil and Amy Ryan respectively that you believe their every nuanced moment. John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega have the showier roles, as Clyde and Lucy whose relationship is crumbling, but they are both honest and recognizable characters to whom we can all relate (although a dinner party scene does bring ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ to mind).. It’s nice to see such fine actors working with a strong screenplay, and conveying so much with every movement, facial expression, or tilt of the head. The sparseness of the dialog allows the film to really come alive and let’s us inhabit the minds of this quartet. Phil’s directorial choices, and the skillful camera work of cinematographer W. Mott Hupfel III take what must surely be a play that takes place in a single room and brings it fully into the real world of New York City, enhancing the cinematic experience in such scenes as Jack practicing his swimming while crossing a bridge over a highway.

This film is right up there with WINTER’S BONE for my top film of 2010 so far, and I’m so disappointed that others couldn’t make it to this screening. Still, it’s only opening night, so there will be opportunities for each and every one of you to get out there and experience JACK GOES BOATING.

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rslade
Sep 26, 2011

A nice, and fairly undemanding "relationship" film. Not much else. The conflicting relationship arcs is a nice touch.

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rothmans
Sep 26, 2011

PSH way to go Bro. I liked this movie.people living.

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anthony1138
Sep 20, 2011

This was one of the best films that I have seen this year.Phillip Seymour Hoffman directs himself in this film that somewhat reminds me of Marty.
His performance is brilliant at the same time being suttle enough to not overdue it either.

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fmaack
Sep 13, 2011

Also known as, middle class people in New York. I expected a lot more from this movie. PSH gives a good performance but the script isn't anything we haven't seen before. The main characters all have problems, PSH is single, his friends are having an affair, it's all tedious stuff we've seen before. Only worth watching for Hoffman's performance.

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movie20
Sep 06, 2011

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is very good in this move. He is such a good actor. It is a quirky low key, artsy type movie without all the hollywood hoopla. I liked it.

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