Jack Goes Boating (2010)


“Let’s smoke a toast.” – Clyde

Number of Times Seen – Twice (17 Jan 2011 and 7 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An awkward and shy limousine driver tries to change himself when he meets a young woman and decides to try and pursue her romantically.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw over a decade ago and it didn’t really leave a lasting impression over that time, so I decided to give it another try in order to see if there is something I might have missed.

The story is pretty good, but the awkward way that Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays the title character is a bit too jarring since it’s harder to care about him or anything that happens to him.

The dialogue is pretty good and we get some very poignant conversation between various characters.

The biggest problem with this story tho is the fact that none of the characters are very likable and that takes away from truly caring about what happens to them along the way, which is a shame.

The story shows the unpredictability of life and how one little encounter can change the direction of one’s life in ways that one might never expect or even dream of beforehand.

This movie is based on a play and I actually believe that there was little need to adapt this to film because the more intimate venue would make things feel much more poignant and powerful unlike how it feels on film like this.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s first and only directorial effort. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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