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Jack Goes Boating (2009)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman , Amy Ryan , Phillip Seymour Hoffman  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega
  • Directors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack Goes Boating" on IMDb

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Jack’s New York
From the Stage to the Big Screen
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer
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Philip Seymour Hoffman plunders social awkwardness for comic effect in Jack Goes Boating. At first, the movie seems like a sad-sack love story: Jack (Hoffman, Academy Award winner for Capote), a limo driver who likes reggae music for its positivity, gets set up with Connie (Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone), a trouble-magnet telemarketer, by their mutual friends Clyde (John Ortiz, Fast & Furious) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wild Things). Connie inspires Jack to improve himself: he starts learning to cook and to swim (so that he and Connie can go boating in the summer to come). But as Jack and Connie take tentative, sometimes clumsy steps toward love, Clyde and Lucy's relationship threatens to collapse from betrayal and jealousy. In the wrong hands, Jack Goes Boating would flounder in angst and sappiness. Fortunately, Hoffman and Ryan always reach for the hopeful (and often humorous) side of their characters, while Ortiz and Rubin-Vega vacillate between tenderness and unsettling bitterness. Hoffman makes his directorial debut with this movie, and his eye for telling social detail comes through as strongly as a director as it does as an actor; Jack Goes Boating's greatest strength is the psychological richness of its characters. --Bret Fetzer

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Jack (Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, making his directorial debut) and Connie (Amy Ryan) 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 (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), confront their own unresolved issues, and each couple comes face to face with the inevitable path of their relationship. Based on the acclaimed Off-Broadway play of the same name, this unconventional romantic comedy is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well acted character study with an A+ indie soundtrack January 20, 2011
Jack Goes Boating marks the directorial debut of one of America's most accomplished and one of my personal favorite actors, the brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman. The man has been a spark in such films as Spike Lee's touching 25th Hour and the Charlie Kaufman-helmed surrealist mind-bender Synecdoche, Ny. His direction here is understated, his film shambling but not entirely bleak. Jack Goes Boating is a drifting picture, but it is a winner because of its heart. It could have, given the subject matter, a relentlessly dour experience. Instead, Hoffman incorporates both the happy and the sad in mostly equal measures. A small film, but a success.
The film centers on a neurotic, rasti-loving New York limo driver with a penchant for pot and a nearly overwhelming sense of day-to-day isolation. He latches onto a couple whose marital fabric is stretching from past indiscretions, through whom he is introduced to an equally neurotic young woman named Connie who seems to have a good if oft-trampled heart.
In some ways, Jack Goes Boating feels a lot like a Cheever or a Raymond Carver short story. There is not a lot of action, the story centering mainly on character interactions. It is plodding but never dull. There are many surprises, actually, such as a weird subway scene and a dinner party climax for the ages. Despite what its detractors will no doubt claim, the film strikes a resonant tone. It seems "real", for lack of a better word. Hoffman's performance is understated but always reliable and Amy Ryan is excellent as the damaged Connie. The two leads are ultimately a conjoined foil for the other couple whose marital pains provide the film's moral center, as well as dramatic tension.
Indie enthusiasts take note, the soundtrack is also quite interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but scary film February 23, 2011
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This film was exactly what I thought it would be, and more.

Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and stars in this quiet, quirky film about a man named Jack. Jack and Connie are set up on a blind date by their married friends, Clyde and Lucy. Clyde and Lucy seem very together and ambitious, while Jack and Connie are basically loner losers.
But from this humble, awkward first date emerges a real relationship and passion for life. Throughout the film we see very little of Jack and Connie, or Lucy and Clyde, together, but we really get to know them as individuals and couples.

The perfection Clyde and Lucy exude quickly diminishes to show the tarnished dysfunction they actually inhabit together. The denial and lack of love is painful to watch, while Jack's hopefulness and devotion are truly touching. The lesson this film taught me made it worth watching (the last line is so beautiful).

Some pretty scary and violent (more verbal than physical) moments show the depth of the actors in this film. This is definitely an offbeat film, so it may not be for you.

And the soundtrack is amazing!!

Very quirky and dark, but with enough sentimental moments to endear you, Jack Goes Boating is a good film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phil S. Hoffman's strong directorial debut January 29, 2011
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Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and plays the lead character in a screen adaptation of Bob Glaudini's play "Jack Goes Boating." There are a lot of things to like about this film, including the "ordinary guy" aspect of the character Jack. He's somebody who's struggling with many of the same things the rest of us are, such as relationship issues and getting a better job, but he works hard to maintain a "positive vibe." The story is about two couples, all four people portrayed very well by the actors who played them, especially John Ortiz as Clyde. But it's a lot of the smaller things that made me like "Jack Goes Boating," including the effective use of music, both songs and score; plus such storytelling touches as the way Jack tries to visualize the things he is learning. The central scene in the movie, the dinner party, was a bit hard to watch. Still, I acknowledge its importance and saw how it ties into the rest of the story, how it is both the outcome of what came before it and affects what comes after it.

The extras on the disc are fairly minimal, with two short featurettes and two even shorter deleted scenes.
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This film is an adaptation of an Off-Broadway play about two working class New York couples -- one (Jack and Connie) is just starting to get to know each other, the other (Clyde and Lucy) is showing cracks in their marriage.

Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), being a friend of Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Connie (Amy Ryan), respectively, have just introduced the latter to each other and have invited them to a double dinner date one wintry night. Jack and Connie seem to hit it off right away; in fact, Connie suggests going out on a boating adventure. Not knowing how to swim but not wanting to turn down Connie, for this might be misconstrued as potential disinterest in her, Jack agrees to a summertime adventure.

Clyde, who considers Jack to be his best friend, teaches him how to swim. Meanwhile, an opportunity opens up for Jack to do something special for Connie sooner. Injured, Connie is hospitalized. To give Connie something to look forward to while recovering, Jack tells her he'll cook a feast of a dinner for her when she gets out. Extremely touched, Connie tells Jack that no one, except for her mother, has ever cooked anything for her.

But Jack doesn't cook!! So who comes to Jack's rescue again? Clyde and Lucy, of course! They introduce Jack to Lucy's chef friend Frederick aka Cannoli (even though Clyde still harbors ill feelings toward Frederick for his and Lucy's past indiscretion) and let Jack use their kitchen for practice.

The film has many heartwarming moments like those already mentioned above.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I don't know why this movie didn't get great reviews--it's a stunner.
Published 23 days ago by elaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful character study
Philip Seymour Hoffman...what a treasure we have lost. I loved him in this role...and his directorial debut. A nice character study movie.
Published 1 month ago by Virginia L. Sones
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical Phillip Seymour Hoffman film, but if ...
Not a typical Phillip Seymour Hoffman film, but if one can have patience with the slow pace of the movie, then I believe that it is a decent watch...
Published 1 month ago by D. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Monique
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This was a surprise! It's such a small movie, but it has a great cast and beautiful story. Hoffman is amazing (of course) as a poor schlub with self esteem issues. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Seymour Hoffman...
Don't miss this wonderful little nugget of a film. Supporting cast is great. While the story is succinct, you'll see a lot of Hoffman.
Published 4 months ago by Toni M. Graves
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
That is about all that can be said about this movie, "meh". Of course the acting by Philip Seymour Hoffman is excellent... the story line just could not keep my attention.
Published 4 months ago by Lisa A French
3.0 out of 5 stars It's great
The movie is great more story and more drama Hoffman was a great actor and a great director in this film
Published 4 months ago by steven morales, jr
3.0 out of 5 stars No Plot
I bought this because I am a huge PSHoffman fan. This was pretty much a character study of 4 people. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliantly painful rendition
Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting is so beyond touching that I'm watching "Jack..." in segments while I cringe. The rest of the ensemble is quite ample.
Published 5 months ago by word-sailing
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