Jack Goes Boating

December 29th, 2010


Jack Goes Boating

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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.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.3/10 (3,822 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz

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.

Writers: Robert Glaudini, Robert Glaudini

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Jack
John Ortiz - Clyde
Richard Petrocelli - Uncle Frank
Thomas McCarthy - Dr. Bob
Amy Ryan - Connie
Daphne Rubin-Vega - Lucy
Lola Glaudini - Italian Woman
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 - Happy Wife
Theodore Mailer - Young Son
Count Stovall - Men's Room Attendant

Taglines: In love you either sink or swim


Official Website: Official site | Official site (UK) |

Release Date: 29 December 2010

Filming Locations: Clinton Diner, Maspeth, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $28,916 (USA) (19 September 2010) (4 Screens)

Gross: $538,808 (USA) (12 December 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:

Did You Know?

Philip Seymour Hoffman reprises the role he originated on stage.

Jack: Don't worry, I'm a good swimmer.
Connie: I knew you'd be good.
Jack: I am for you.

User Review

"Jack Goes Boating" shows off its theatre roots

Rating: 8/10

"Jack Goes Boating" is a relationship drama. A tale about life, love, romance, marriage, dating and life again. It's about Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman) a very awkward man whose married friends Clyde and Lucy set him up with Connie (Amy Ryan), a very awkward woman. Connie mentions that she would like to go boating, when the weather warms up. Jack would like that.

The rest of the film is about Jack trying to show Connie that he likes her and hoping that she likes him. Their awkwardness is heartbreaking and real and really sets the stage for watching love grow and eventually going boating. Hoffman and Ryan have a great connection; a very refreshing couple.

The film brings slowness to a whole new level, until things come to a boil. Some scenes really show the theatre roots of this film, and I always love those. There have been a lot of recent well done films based on plays and "Jack Goes Boating" is up there with the best.

There are some very subtle and interesting remarks about what makes a relationship work. It was uplifting but in a very awkward way, but also refreshingly real and ultimately cute. "Jack Goes Boating" is very slow, and adult and raw, but I recommend it.


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