Jack Goes Boating
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"The magnitude of the acting overshadows the modest reach of the material."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The best thing about Philip Seymour Hoffman's directing debut: It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Refreshingly optimistic without idealization, Jack Goes Boating gives us a fantastic cast and manages to be charming and witty without sacrificing integrity."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"We do see New York from some interestingly different angles and Jack goes on a voyage which might inspire others like him."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The movie is a quirky updating of the 1955 Oscar-winner Marty, but less hard-edged."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Hoffman the director can't compete with Hoffman the film's star. And he can pretty much just stand in wonder at the layers co-star Amy Ryan brings to the party. The woman is a natural wonder."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It belatedly reveals itself to be a meditation on the different kinds of loneliness, presenting isolation as a form of social stage fright."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"JACK GOES BOATING is a poignant story about how love can be (often at the same time) awkward, funny, and important."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Hoffman has an intimate feel for the drama, yet he strives to open it out for the big screen with too many lyrical montages, and this occasionally blunts the more intense exchanges."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Seymour Hoffman's 'Fisher King' is far more edgy and risqué than fantastical, with some clumsy sexual explorative scenes ... It also has the wonderful one-on-one bromance moments ..."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie, Real.com
"The movie's heart and story, both bleeding and mending, and its quartet of characters are hard to abandon -- and easy to care about."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Making his feature directing debut, Hoffman shows considerable generosity toward the other players, which was probably a good idea given his own listless performance as the mumbling title character."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A low-energy/moments of heat romance that rewards the patient filmgoer and bores the impatient one."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"The characters feel a little too condescendingly conceived as "ordinary people" to make this meaningful."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"There's an improvisatory air, overlaid with quirky charm but never any bite. Hoffman's performance needs tougher, more focused direction."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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