Jack Goes Boating


Seymour Hoffman's Broadway adaptation is an ambitious first directorial project

Jack Goes Boating review

Philip Seymour Hoffman, consummate actor – and great director? On the basis of this, his directorial debut, not just yet.

Jack is adapted from an off-Broadway play Hoffman and co-stars John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega appeared in – and it feels like it.

Jack (Hoffman) and Clyde (Ortiz) are NYC limo drivers; Clyde’s married to Lucy (Rubin-Vega) but Jack’s a shy loner – so Clyde sets him up with Lucy’s colleague, Connie (Amy Ryan).

As their relationship slowly blossoms, Clyde and Lucy’s marriage fractures.

It’s all a tad schematic, and the direction is workmanlike but cautious.

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    • matthewbrady

      Jul 31st 2014, 23:14


      Jack: "Don't worry, I'm a good swimmer". The movie is about a shy, fortyish limo driver with a fondness for pot and reggae music -- he likes it because it sounds happy -- who meets Connie (Amy Ryan) for a blind date set up by Connie's co-worker Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), who is married to Jack's best friend and fellow limo driver, Clyde (John Ortiz). As the young couple tentatively come together, breaking through layers and layers of awkwardness and low self-esteem, Clyde and Lucy's marriage begins to dissolve because of Clyde's inability to get over an incident from their past. Philip Seymour Hoffman did a fantastic job acting and directing in this movie. I like Hoffman's character in this movie, hes like Forrest Gump but less stupid and even more lovable. The story is okay and the rest of the cast did a job as well. The shots in this movie looked beautiful and well shot.

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