Jack Goes Boating

Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman

US, 2010

Cornerhouse, 26 November 2011

Jack Goes Boating

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut is a good effort, indeed a copacetic film.

 He takes the lead role himself, playing Jack, an aging bachelor looking for love.  His friends, a couple he knows, introduce him to Connie (Amy Ryan), who’s a troubled soul herself.  They meet and get along OK.

It is mainly a gentle, touching comedy but with a bitter undercurrent.  For Jack’s friends, the couple who are kindly playing Cupid, have problems of their own to sort out.  In fact, their relationship is pretty much in free fall.

Good performances all around, fairly low key though with real emotion, make for a satisfying film.  John Ortiz is especially good and, of course, the man himself never disappoints.