Jack Goes Boating

Jack Goes Boating

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Cast: Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega

     
 

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Adapted from Bob Glaudini's play of the same name, Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, tells the simple tale of Jack (Hoffman), 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 blindSee more details below

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Adapted from Bob Glaudini's play of the same name, Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, tells the simple tale of Jack (Hoffman), 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. All the while, Clyde gives Jack swimming lessons so that he can take Connie on her dream date -- a boating trip on the lake.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Philip Seymour Hoffman would seem to be about the only actor alive who could get Jack Goes Boating made, and that's in large part because he's one of the few actors who would have the burning desire to do so. The Oscar winner's directorial debut, adapted by Bob Glaudini from his play, tells the simple tale of Jack (Hoffman), 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. All the while, Clyde gives Jack swimming lessons so that he can take Connie on her dream date -- a boating trip on the lake. As a film, Jack Goes Boating is so small you sometimes get the feeling you're watching exceedingly talented actors rehearse a favorite play. Though Hoffman does try a handful of visual stylistic flourishes -- including a winning sequence where Jack learns to open his eyes underwater -- the pleasure of the movie is in the subtleties of the performances. There's the gleam in Clyde's eye when he's tweaking on cocaine and jealousy, the quiet wave of revulsion that shudders through Connie when her boss gropes her, and Lucy's tired acceptance that her husband doesn't turn her on anymore. At the center of it all is Hoffman, who, while not a physical chameleon (Capote aside, he's too large a physical presence to ever disappear into a role), is an expert emotional chameleon. He draws us in with Jack's stillness so that, in his one moment of explosive frustration, his rage is both terrifying and heartbreaking -- Jack's so full of bottled-up emotions that you understand why he seems to shut himself off from so much of the world. It might not be the most cinematic first film -- it's basically a mumblecore movie made by some of the most gifted actors around -- but Jack Goes Boating will satisfy those who long for movies that have the intimacy of theater.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2011
UPC:
0013132140698
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
52,921

Special Features

Jack's New York; From the stage to the big screen; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Jack
Amy Ryan Connie
John Ortiz Clyde
Daphne Rubin-Vega Lucy
Tom McCarthy Dr. Bob

Technical Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Director,Executive Producer
Matteo DeCosmo Art Director
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Bob Glaudini Screenwriter
Grizzly Bear Score Composer
Mott Hupfel Cinematographer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Brian A. Kates Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Sara Murphy Associate Producer
Mimi O'Donnell Costumes/Costume Designer
Beth O'Neil Producer
John Ortiz Executive Producer
George Paaswell Co-producer
Peter Saraf Producer
Marc Turtletaub Producer
Emily Ziff Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jack Goes Boating
1. Main Title [3:25]
2. Chinese, Wine & Tragedy [10:00]
3. Lesson At the Pool [5:24]
4. Subway Violation [9:24]
5. Vivid Images [7:31]
6. The Zen of Swimming [6:24]
7. Living With Ir [6:32]
8. What Do You Want to See? [10:49]
9. The Dinner Party [9:08]
10. "You Cooked for Me" [9:54]
11. Jack Goes Boating [6:11]
12. End Credits [5:56]

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