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Boynton Beach Club (2005)

The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club (original title)
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A romantic comedy about our amazing capacity to rebound and fall in love at any age. Lois, Harry, Marilyn ,Sandy and Jack live in an "Active Adult" community in Boynton Beach, Florida. ... See full summary »

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

Florence Seidelman (story), David Cramer (story) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Vaccaro ... Marilyn
Dyan Cannon ... Lois
Len Cariou ... Jack
Joseph Bologna ... Harry
Sally Kellerman ... Sandy
Michael Nouri ... Donald
Renée Taylor ... Woman on Cell Phone
Mal Z. Lawrence ... Marty
Ashley Blackwell Ashley Blackwell ... Molly
Kim Ostrenko ... Linda
Janice Hamilton Janice Hamilton ... Florence
Irene B. Colletti ... Judy (as Cookie Colletti)
Barbara Pergament ... Mimi
Loli Rainey Loli Rainey ... Camille
George Schiavone George Schiavone ... Bernie
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A romantic comedy about our amazing capacity to rebound and fall in love at any age. Lois, Harry, Marilyn ,Sandy and Jack live in an "Active Adult" community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their lives intersect when they meet at a local Bereavement Club where they go to find emotional support after the loss of a loved one. For anyone who thinks that new love and romance ends long before retirement, they're in for a reality check. No one sees themselves as becoming old, and the residents of Boynton Beach aren't about to start. But sometimes we all need a little reminder that life is worth living and sharing. Written by Anonymous

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A delightful film about finding love . . . at any age! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content, nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boynton Beach Club See more »

Filming Locations:

Boca Raton, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,386, 6 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,115,393
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Dyan Cannon character claims to be 58 and then later says 52, but she was really 68 years old when the film was made. See more »

Goofs

At one point Lois says she has a guy who owns a car dealership in Boca. There are NO car dealerships in Boca Raton by law. See more »

Connections

References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Traditional
Arranged by Joe Lervold
Performed by The Joel Evans Quartet
Courtesy of Master Source
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None of that old stereotyping
27 September 2006 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Old age is not a disease—it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses." Maggie Kuhn

Our perception of seniors in the media has recently been formed by Jerry Seinfeld's parents in a Florida retirement community. They and their aging friends are unrelentingly argumentative, early-bird dining Jewish retirees who look and act old. Susan Seidelman's Boynton Beach Club, however, will have none of that old stereotyping.

As if they were older siblings of the emerging boomer solipsists, these seniors are generally vital, best exemplified by Dyan Cannon's lithesome body but suspiciously tight face, Sally Kellerman's lean and sensual mien, and Brenda Vaccaro's vulnerable enthusiasm. All have reason to be down, for they have lost their spouses but are gaining friends to share their grief with and possibly their lives. Enter the objects of their search for companionship, among others, Joe Bologna's Harry and Len Cariou's Jack, the former a self-proclaimed ladies' man, the latter a shy recent widow lacking skills to cope with mature women.

Unlike the seniors in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, Manna from Heaven, In her Shoes, and Golden Girls, the principals in Boynton Beach only occasionally resort to jokes about their age or ailments and prescription drugs, the ties that bind elderly everywhere but here are minimized by one reference to Viagra and one to old men who are not even ogling women when they drool. Here the seniors are actively living and loving, something the rest of the world does as well.

This dramedy is as satisfying as an afternoon drink on the veranda with a favorite granddaughter, at which happy occasion there is cause to celebrate being alive and connected between generations with nary a nod to senility.


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