Jack Goes Boating (2010)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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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.




  • Amy Ryan at an event for Jack Goes Boating (2010)
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega at an event for Jack Goes Boating (2010)
  • Eric Bogosian at an event for Jack Goes Boating (2010)
  • Bobby Cannavale at an event for Jack Goes Boating (2010)
  • Amy Ryan in Jack Goes Boating (2010)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman and Salvatore Inzerillo in Jack Goes Boating (2010)

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21 May 2011 | darrhling
| A surprising mix: gloomy surroundings and "a positive vibe"
Seymour-Hoffman's directorial debut is a well-rounded little film about being positive no matter the circumstances; the possibility of a solution at the end of the tunnel and the value of perseverance.

Jack Goes Boating relates the tale of four people whose stories are wound together. The premise is simple: one couple throwing a blind date for the other two parties. From this seemingly basic starting point, the characters undergo transformations, all of which are sprinkled with life-lessons and positive philosophy, all the more poignant for its stark backdrop of lower-middle class life. In this sense, there is a feel of La Vita è Bella about it, although admittedly Jack Goes Boating is not quite in the same league as the former.

Phillip Seymour-Hoffman pulls off some typically sensational acting, as does Amy Ryan, with a complicated emotional role which she executes very well indeed.

All in all, a high-class film, totally worth watching, but not something that leaves you with the feeling it ought to have won Best Picture.

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