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Jack Goes Boating

A lumpish limousine driver (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is introduced by his married friends (John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega) to a forthright office drone (Amy Ryan), and their friendship gradually deepens into ugly-duckling romance even as the married couple drifts apart. Aside from Ryan, the actors all created their roles for the New York stage, and this screen adaptation of Bob Glaudini's play has a distinctly theatrical feel—partly in the constricted settings and preponderant close-ups, but mostly in the way the long, unemphatic scenes reveal character and conflict without italicizing everything. Making his feature directing debut, Hoffman shows considerable generosity toward the other players, which was probably a good idea given his own listless performance as the mumbling title character.



  • Philip Hoffman


  • Philip Hoffman
  • John Ortiz
  • Amy Ryan
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega
  • Tom McCarthy
  • Richard Petrocelli
  • Shawna Bermender
  • Salvatore Inzerillo
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez
  • James Anderson
  • Stephen Adly-Guirgis


  • Marc Turtletaub
  • Beth O'Neil
  • Peter Saraf
  • Emily Ziff
  • Philip Hoffman
  • John Ortiz

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