The Boynton Beach Club
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The Boynton Beach Club
A handful of men and women "of a certain age" pick up the pieces of their lives and look for new love after the loss of their mates in this comedy drama from writer-director Susan Seidelman. Jack (Len Cariou) married his high school sweetheart when they were still in their teens, and when she dies in her early sixties, he is emotionally devastated. Jack's friends and family insist he needs to start living again, and he begins attending a support group for bereaved senior citizens. Jack strikes up a friendship with fellow widower Harry (Joseph Bologna), who offers advice on making… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Seidelman maintains the narrow path between ridicule and dignity in a movie that dishes out humour even-handedly, but spares the characters total humiliation."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Unsatisfying comedy-drama, which features a cheesy golden-oldies soundtrack that feels even more packaged than the dialogue."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It's life affirming, amusing and touching, as relationships struggle and blossom, while friendships form a rock-solid boost to newly imposed loneliness"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"There are few scenes in films that I regret seeing, two of which are unfortunately in Susan Seidelman's maudlin "The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club.""
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"Good intentions and strong thespians aside, Seidelman's writing and filmmaking are bland, obvious and uninvolving."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"Replaces one set of clichés with another, and does what all lame comedies do to young and old alike: It robs them of their humanity and makes them cute."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"More a series of anecdotes than an insightful dramedy and relies too much on absurd coincidences and needless sitcom-style lying."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Both sweet and real."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Despite its best intentions, this seems like a hack job, a routine directing assignment shoved through its paces under the restrictions of a low budget."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"The characters are treated with respect, and their zest for life is inspiring (and not just for those who share their age bracket)."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"There's no character in the group who doesn't ooze good-natured charm."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Seidelman's movie doesn't dig deep, and the comedy too quickly veers into routine relationship territory -- albeit with wrinkles."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"hanks to Susan Seidelman for reminding us that romantic comedy is suitable for any population or age group..."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Ultimately, the film comes off as a sexed-up cable episode of The Golden Girls, but it still offers amusing scenarios and likeable older characters of a sort too seldom seen on modern movie screens."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Its obsession with elderly sex makes it come off like a dirtier, extended-play version of the long-running television series The Golden Girls."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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