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Jack Goes Boating

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Jack Goes Boating
Jack Goes Boating Poster.jpg
Directed byPhilip Seymour Hoffman
Screenplay byRobert Glaudini
Based onJack Goes Boating
by Robert Glaudini
Produced byEmily Ziff Griffin
Beth O'Neil
Peter Saraf
Marc Turtletaub
StarringPhilip Seymour Hoffman
Amy Ryan
John Ortiz
Daphne Rubin-Vega
CinematographyW. Mott Hupfel III
Edited byBrian A. Kates
Music byGrizzly Bear
Evan Lurie
Distributed byOverture Films
Relativity Media
Release date
  • January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23) (Sundance)
  • September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[1]
Box office$619,570[2]

Jack Goes Boating is a 2010 American romantic drama film directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his only career directorial effort) and stars Hoffman in the title role, as well as Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega. The film's script was written by Robert Glaudini, based on his 2007 play Jack Goes Boating.[3] The film's cast was mostly the same as that of the play's premiere at The Public Theater, although Amy Ryan replaced Beth Cole (who has a cameo as a teacher). The film was produced by Overture Films and Relativity Media. It premiered at the 26th Sundance Film Festival and was later released in the United States on September 17, 2010.[4]


Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a shy limousine driver who lives with and works for his uncle. His best friend and co-worker Clyde (John Ortiz) and Clyde's wife Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega) set up a dinner date at their house with Lucy's new co-worker, Connie (Amy Ryan), who has intimacy issues of her own.

As Jack and Connie get to know each other, he sets his sights on learning to swim so he can take her boating when summer comes; with Clyde eager to help him learn, they begin swimming lessons. Jack soon decides that summer is too far away to wait for a date with Connie, so he decides that a nice dinner would be a good place to start. When Connie says that no one has ever cooked a meal for her, Jack decides that he wants to be the chef and cook for her. This adds another set of lessons to be learned as Jack does not know how to cook, so Clyde sets Jack up with a chef friend of Lucy's to learn the culinary art form.

As Jack strives to perfect swimming and cooking, he begins to get a look behind the veil of the marriage of his friends, which is straining under the weight of mutual occasional infidelities. As the troubles of their marriage become increasingly apparent, Jack and Connie grow closer: Her general mistrust gradually erodes, and he gains confidence and skill in relating to her and in pursuing his dream job. The film's last scene has Jack and Connie walking off happily, as a newly single Clyde looks on ambivalently.



The companies involved in making, producing, and distributing the movie were Overture Films, Big Beach Films, Cooper's Town Productions, Labyrinth Theater Company, Olfactory Productions, Relativity Media, and Anchor Bay Entertainment.[5] Overture Films (known for The Men Who Stare at Goats and Law Abiding Citizen) and Big Beach Films (known for Little Miss Sunshine and Away We Go) co-financed the film and also took part in producing and distributing.[3] The film's producers were Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach Films, Beth O'Neil of Olfactory Productions and Emily Ziff of Cooper's Town Productions.[3][6] In addition to directing and acting, Hoffman acted as one of the two executive producers with the other being costar John Ortiz.[3]

Pre-production and development for the film took place in January 2009.[7] Filming took place in February 2009 in New York.[8] The Clinton Diner of Maspeth, Queens in New York City is a featured location in the film.[9] Post-production took place in October 2009 and the film was completed in March 2010.[7]


The film premiered on January 23, 2010 at the 26th Sundance Film Festival.[4] It was later distributed by Overture Films and Relativity Media and it was released on four screens in New York City and Los Angeles on September 17, 2010.[4][5][8] It opened to $28,916 for a $7,229 per screen average.[8][10] Later in September and October the film expanded reaching a maximum of 90 screens.[8] The film's domestic theatrical run came to an end in December 2010.[8] The domestic gross totaled $541,992.[10] The film was later released on DVD on January 18, 2011.[7]

Outside of the U.S, the film was featured in a number of foreign film festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Torino Film Festival, the Tokyo International Film Festival, and the Dubai International Film Festival.[4][11][12][13][14] The film was also released in a few countries including Canada, France, Germany. The film has grossed $77,578 so far overseas, bringing its current global total gross to $619,570.[10] It was then released in the United Kingdom in November 2011.[4]


Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating 68% based on 105 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "It's made the journey from stage to screen somewhat worse for wear, but Jack Goes Boating remains a sensitive, well-acted character study."[15] On Metacritic the film has a score of 64 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

It was especially noted for the performances of the four leading actors, and was compared favorably with similar romantic films from the 1950s, such as Marty (1955).[17][18][19] Simon Hattenstone of The Guardian also called the film "refreshing" as it showed Hoffman playing for a change "a regular dysfunctional guy rather than a freaky dysfunctional guy".[20]


Jack Goes Boating was nominated for four major awards in 2010.[21] For his performance as Clyde, John Ortiz was nominated for a Gotham Award in the category of Breakthrough Actor.[21][22] The award went to Ronald Bronstein for his performance in Daddy Longlegs.[23] The film was also nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.[21][24] John Ortiz was again nominated for his performance in the Best Supporting Male category but lost to John Hawkes in Winter's Bone.[21][24][25] Daphne Rubin-Vega was also nominated for her performance as Lucy in the Best Supporting Female category but lost to Dale Dickey in Winter's Bone.[21][24][25] Robert Glaudini was nominated in the Best First Screenplay category but lost to Lena Dunham for her screenplay Tiny Furniture.[21][24][25]


A soundtrack album for the film featuring the following songs is available from Lakeshore Records.[26][27]

1."Oliver James"Fleet Foxes3:19
2."All We Ask"Grizzly Bear5:21
3."Rivers of Babylon"The Melodians4:18
4."Snow"Evan Lurie1:18
5."Where Is My Love"Cat Power2:53
6."Eat Yourself"Goldfrapp4:06
7."White Winter Hymnal"Fleet Foxes2:27
8."Didn't I"Darondo3:28
9."Dearly Departed"DeVotchKa5:12
10."Hello, Young Lovers"Mel Tormé3:09
11."Overcome Me"Evan Lurie1:59
12."Blue Moon"Dave's True Story2:45
13."Peace Piece"Bill Evans6:40


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  2. ^ "Jack Goes Boating (2010) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
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  12. ^ "Jack Goes Boating at the Torino Film Festival". Torino Film Festival. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  13. ^ "Jack Goes Boating at the Tokyo International Film Festival". Tokyo International Film Festival. Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
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  16. ^ "Jack Goes Boating reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  17. ^ Abraham, Raphael (November 3, 2011). "Film releases: November 4". Financial Times. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  18. ^ McCarthy, Todd (January 24, 2010). "Review: Jack Goes Boating". Variety. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  19. ^ Ebert, Roger (September 22, 2010). "Jack Goes Boating". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  20. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (October 28, 2011). "Philip Seymour Hoffman: 'I was moody, mercurial... it was all or nothing'". The Guardian. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Jack Goes Boating Awards". IMDb. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  22. ^ "Gotham Awards". Gotham Awards. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  23. ^ "'Winter's Bone' wins big at Gotham Awards". Inside Movies. Entertainment Weekly. November 29, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  24. ^ a b c d "2011 Spirit Award Nominees" (PDF). Independent Spirit Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  25. ^ a b c Fernandez, Sofia (February 26, 2011). "2011 Independent Spirit Awards Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  26. ^ "Jack Goes Boating Soundtrack". Lakeshore Records. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  27. ^ "Jack Goes Boating Soundtrack". iTunes. Retrieved April 25, 2011.

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