Jack Goes Boating 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… Jack Goes Boating 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… 2010-09-17 R PT90M Philip Seymour Hoffman Amy Ryan Thomas McCarthy Overture
Movie Review

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

MPAA Rating: R
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Goes Boating | LOVE ME, PLEASE? Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan are shy lovers in Jack Goes Boating
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LOVE ME, PLEASE? Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan are shy lovers in Jack Goes Boating
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Sep 17, 2010; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; With: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan; 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 Sep 22, 2010 Published in issue #1122 Oct 01, 2010 Order article reprints
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