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Jack Goes Boating (2010)

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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.

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Robert Glaudini (screenplay) (as Bob Glaudini), Robert Glaudini (play) (as Bob Glaudini)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Jack
John Ortiz ... Clyde
Richard Petrocelli ... Uncle Frank
Tom McCarthy ... Dr. Bob Thomas
Amy Ryan ... Connie
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Lucy
Lola Glaudini ... Italian Woman
Rafael Osorio Rafael Osorio ... Ungainly Swimmer (as Ralph Osorio)
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... MTA Worker
Mason Pettit ... Drunk Man on Subway
Trevor Long ... Waldorf Doorman
Stephen Mailer ... Happy Husband
Elizabeth Rainer Elizabeth Rainer ... Happy Wife
Theodore Mailer Theodore Mailer ... Young Son
Count Stovall ... Men's Room Attendant
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Storyline

Jack is a shy and awkward man who drives a limo and lives an unassuming life. His friend and co-worker, Clyde, and his wife Lucy, feel sorry for Jack and set him up on a blind date with Connie. Connie shares Jack's shyness and awkwardness, but through each other they seem to be able to find solace within themselves. Trouble might be brewing in paradise though, as Clyde and Lucy's marriage stumbles just as Jack and Connie's relationship grows. Written by napierslogs

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In love you either sink or swim

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack & Connie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,916, 19 September 2010

Gross USA:

$541,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$783,297
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Seymour Hoffman's first and only directorial effort. See more »

Quotes

Jack: This always happens.
Clyde: What?
Jack: Whenever there's anything good, it fucks up.
Clyde: It fucked up, but it fucked up because *we* forgot.
Jack: No, you fucked it up because you made a fucking toast!
Clyde: Because I love you. We all love you. We forgot the food because you were being loved. That's the important thing to remember.
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Featured in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Jack Goes Boating (2010) See more »

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Oliver James
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Quiet and unremarkable in a remarkable way...a must see drama
16 June 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Based on Philip Seymour Hoffman's transparent, penetrating performance, this movie will hold up in the future as well as it does now. But I think it will disappear for many years because it doesn't pull off anything sensational. And that's its strength. It's not a subtle movie, and in many ways it's a little too obvious pulling on heartstrings. But maybe that's okay turf for an interpersonal drama.

The tale of two couples who are friends and who are having various hopes and troubles together as both friends a lovers is an old one, but it must be the best of material in some ways because it's the best of material in life, love and friendship. Keeping it focused on two pairs of people is not just movie-making convenience (though it is that, too), but it's the truth of life sometimes, too.

This isn't an edgy story, and in some ways it's so mundane it would seem to totter into boredom. But Hoffman, as Jack, is too sympathetic and convincing to let the movie get away from him. He's a great actor, we all know that, and he's showing he's a good, if not inventive or brilliant, director as well. If there is a conventional structure--set up, hints at conflict, conflict, resolution--there is a restraint and economy to make it all make sense. A strong movie.

And it's impressive now if you're in the right mood, and will be impressive in thirty years, too, if we can keep track of it somehow. I think it is already slowly disappearing from view, so give it a good look.


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