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Jack Goes Boating

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Goes Boating | LOVE ME, PLEASE? Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan are shy lovers in Jack Goes Boating
K.C. Bailey

Jack Goes Boating

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
90 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/17/10
performer:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, Thomas McCarthy
director:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
distributor:
Overture
author:
Bob Glaudini

We gave it a C+

Hoffman originated the stage role of low-energy, low-expectations Jack, a shy suitor noodged into the dating game by friends, in Bob Glaudini’s play about a couple of shrinking violets in love. It’s one of those pot-smoking, tubby-belly, schlemiel parts that Hoffman can do in his sleep. He’s well matched with Amy Ryan as a soul-mate violet. But as a first-time film director, Hoffman is stymied by the difficult task of transforming stage material into a movie; Jack Goes Boating‘s camera just sits there while actors act. As a result, the story feels even dweebier than planned. C+

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