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Jack Goes Boating

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Goes Boating | LOVE ME, PLEASE? Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan are shy lovers in Jack Goes Boating

LOVE ME, PLEASE? Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan are shy lovers in Jack Goes Boating (K.C. Bailey)

C+

Jack Goes Boating

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan; Starring: Thomas McCarthy; Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Author: Bob Glaudini; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Overture

Hoffman originated the stage role of low-energy, low-expectations Jack, a shy suitor noodged into the dating game by friends, in Bob Glaudini’s play about a couple of shrinking violets in love. It’s one of those pot-smoking, tubby-belly, schlemiel parts that Hoffman can do in his sleep. He’s well matched with Amy Ryan as a soul-mate violet. But as a first-time film director, Hoffman is stymied by the difficult task of transforming stage material into a movie; Jack Goes Boating’s camera just sits there while actors act. As a result, the story feels even dweebier than planned. C+

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Originally posted September 25 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT

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