Film Reviews: “Jack Goes Boating” (2010)

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Directed by and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

This film is about one relationship coming together, and another falling apart. Philip plays Jack, a softhearted, lonely 40 something. His married friends Clyde and Lucy introduce Connie as a prospective date. Jack and Connie hit it off in a shy, cute way. Jack learns how swim, and becomes a chef for Connie. As she puts it, “No one has ever cooked for me before.” Their relationship slowly grows, while Clyde and Lucy pick apart their past infidelities. What I took from this film is that a struggling couple will fall apart faster in the presence of new flourishing love. “Jack Goes Boating” is strange at times in it’s delivery of mellowdrama, but sweet in it’s ideals. People like Connie and Jack just want to find someone genuine and don’t understand the ugly side to love. They devote themselves to not becoming what thier friends have become.

2.5 out of 4.0 stars.

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