Jack Goes Boating
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Release Date: 1/18/2011
Number of Discs: 1
Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz
Synopsis: Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) in his directorial debut and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) star as Jack and Connie, two single people who – on their own – might fade into the anonymous background of New York City, but in each other begin to find the courage and desire to pursue a budding relationship.
As Jack and Connie cautiously circle commitment, the couple that introduced them, Clyde (John Ortiz, American Gangster) and Lucy (Daphne rubin-Vega, Broadway’s Rent), come face to face with uncertainties in their own commitment.
Jack’s New York
From the Stage to the Big Screen
Review: The fist time I can recall seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman (like most of you) was in Boogie Nights playing this pathetic little thing following Dirk around like a puppy and despite the company he kept in that film he was one of the big stand outs for me, every time he was on screen he added that missing element to make the scene pop. You found yourself rooting for him in some strange way and my cheerleading for Scotty or Philip didn’t stop when the credits rolled and while Scotty is off doing lords knows what Philip pops up in some great films and he’s one of the few actors I’ll follow into a film without any sort of knowledge about plot or subject….they could literally trick me into seeing a film with Philip Seymour Hoffman smashing kittens with a hammer, thankfully he picks better projects.
Jack Goes Boating (based on the play of the same name) is Philips turn at directing for which he clearly has an eye for, the film looks beautiful and flows with some truly great performances (including his own) and despite the story’s smaller scope the characters feel real and that even once the credits roll their story continues on.
In the film Jack (Hoffman) is an oddball of a person who just wants everyone to be happy and struggles through life when things become too complex. It’s a great characters study of real people with flaws and issues that most of you reading can indentify with, but the center of this story is simply a man in love with a woman who’s willing to work and overcoming his fears and becoming a better man. This is something film lovers should see but also Jane Q Movie Going Public needs to check out so perhaps they can stop renting stuff like The Back Up Plan and see a real film instead of the generic flaccid slop they are used to absorbing. Strap on your deck shoes and take Jack for a spin.