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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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The story of two couples, all of whom are friends. One couple is in the beginning of their relationship, just becoming aware of each other, and growing into their bond. The man wants to learn to swim so that he can take his lady out on a boat, an act that may be symbolic of the growth of an individual during the course of courtship. The other couple is well into their relationship, but have issues to deal with in regard to past infidelity. Strong performances all around by a strong cast make this an emotional venture worth the time invested.
Hoffman and NYC in the winter time, I was really looking forward to this but it was disappointing. The acting is top notch and John Ortiz really stands out but the story lacks and is uneven. Parts of the film is good, but overall I cannot recommend. Probably works better as a play.
Philip S. Hoffman does not disappoint. Fine acting by all, excellent direction by Hoffman, the man who does all things well. This film has no stale spots. Like a good book, it will leave you wishing there were more.