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Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Director:
Philip Seymour Hoffman
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Jack Goes Boating
RUNNING TIME
89 minutes
Producer:
Beth O'Neil
Peter Saraf
Marc Turtletaub
Emily Ziff
Screenwriter:
Robert Glaudini


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jack Philip Seymour Hoffman
Connie Amy Ryan
Clyde John Ortiz
Lucy Daphne Rubin-Vega
Dr. Bob Thomas McCarthy

 

Review

Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut is based on a successful off-Broadway play by Robert Glaudini and belongs to a recent whiff of nominally and thematically Eric Rohmer inspired films such as Margot at the Wedding, Lars and the Real Girl, Dan in Real Life and Rachel Getting Married. Jack Goes Boating shares its offbeat outlook on life with these films, but it lacks interesting and/or believable characters, which arguably is the make or break ingredient for a film as moody and uneventful as this one. The story about Jack, a dysfunctional overgrown teenager surrounded by dysfunctional friends, is low-key beyond repair. Jack seems to have been living under a stone all his life; his days are spent learning essential skills such as swimming or cooking dinners. The accomplishments are painfully minimal, even for a bunch of dysfunctionals. And coupled with Hoffman's dwelling directorial style (even if there's rarely anthing to dwell over), the film remains inherently trite - and mostly sad - from start to finish. On the up-side, Hoffman does exhibit some nice compositional details and camerawork, and there are fine actors involved who do as best they can with the material.

 

Copyright 11.3.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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