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Jack Goes Boating (2010)

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A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.

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Robert Glaudini (screenplay) (as Bob Glaudini), Robert Glaudini (play) (as Bob Glaudini)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Jack
John Ortiz ... Clyde
Richard Petrocelli ... Uncle Frank
Tom McCarthy ... Dr. Bob Thomas
Amy Ryan ... Connie
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Lucy
Lola Glaudini ... Italian Woman
Rafael Osorio Rafael Osorio ... Ungainly Swimmer (as Ralph Osorio)
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... MTA Worker
Mason Pettit ... Drunk Man on Subway
Trevor Long ... Waldorf Doorman
Stephen Mailer ... Happy Husband
Elizabeth Rainer Elizabeth Rainer ... Happy Wife
Theodore Mailer Theodore Mailer ... Young Son
Count Stovall ... Men's Room Attendant
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Storyline

Jack is a shy and awkward man who drives a limo and lives an unassuming life. His friend and co-worker, Clyde, and his wife Lucy, feel sorry for Jack and set him up on a blind date with Connie. Connie shares Jack's shyness and awkwardness, but through each other they seem to be able to find solace within themselves. Trouble might be brewing in paradise though, as Clyde and Lucy's marriage stumbles just as Jack and Connie's relationship grows. Written by napierslogs

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In love you either sink or swim

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack & Connie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,916, 19 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$538,808, 12 December 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut. See more »

Quotes

Jack: This always happens.
Clyde: What?
Jack: Whenever there's anything good, it fucks up.
Clyde: It fucked up, but it fucked up because *we* forgot.
Jack: No, you fucked it up because you made a fucking toast!
Clyde: Because I love you. We all love you. We forgot the food because you were being loved. That's the important thing to remember.
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Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Jack Goes Boating (2010) See more »

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Where is My Love
Written by Cat Power (as Chan Marshall)
Performed by Cat Power
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Not bad for a first time effort. Not bad at all.
18 February 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"You've never been in a relationship for any length of time. A lot happens."

Jack Goes Boating is a raw, hard to categorize directorial debut for Philip Seymour Hoffman, adapted from the play of the same title. 

I guess if I had to assign it a genre, it would be indie drama. The story follows the hesitantly blossoming relationship between Jack (Hoffman) and Connie (Amy Ryan), and the rocky, established relationship of their friends Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega). 

Jack Goes Boating reminded me of Two Lovers in some ways. It involves flawed people making decisions that aren't always the wisest ones, and dealing with things in their past that make their current relationships more difficult. 

Don't expect this to be romantic or cutesy, it attempts to go for the "realistic" angle, with all the problems and realities that come with real adult relationships. That's derailed a bit by the occasionally awkward dialogue and characters that aren't really as fleshed out as they needed to be. We don't get much of a sense of who they used to be or what their past was like, and that would have added to the movie immensely. It's somewhat difficult to put into context the characters as they are now, without that information.  

Still, I think this was a pretty decent debut from Hoffman. He's clearly in the process of learning what works from the other side of the camera, and it's puzzling why they didn't adjust the odd, romance novel-like dialogue in some places, but overall, Jack Goes Boating hints at a promising future. There are some poignant moments that really stuck out, to me. Fans of Hoffman and Ryan (count me as both) should check it out.


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