Jack Goes Boating
A limo driver’s blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship, and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples.
‘Jack Goes Boating’ is the movie version of the play, and I must be very honest with you: I saw the play and loathed it. So, I had minimal expectations for the movie, but I actually ended up liking it better than the play. Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and also plays the title character who is kind of a loser guy who doesn’t have any social skills, doesn’t really have a girlfriend, you get the picture. His best friend is a fellow limo driver, John Ortiz, who’s wonderful in this who is married to kind of a sexy, slutty Daphne Ruben-Vega and they introduce him to Amy Ryan who is just as shy and withdrawn as he is. This is kind of a 2010 version of ‘Marty’ to a certain extent. And their kind of low-key, unsexy kind of clumsy relationship is played off against the hotter, sexier, more self-assured John and Daphne. It actually works. It’s a little bit slow. The performances are terrific because you’ve got four really good actors. The question is: Do you care about any of the people? The answer is: maybe little bit. So, three stars.