Victoria Jelinek


Jack Goes Boating

A limo driver’s blind date ignites a humorous and poignant tale of love, friendship and betrayal focused around two working-class New York City couples.

Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a limo driver with vague hopes of getting a job with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). He has an obsession for reggae that’s inspired him to attempt to grow his hair into dreadlocks, and he spends most of his time hanging out with his best friend and fellow driver Clyde and Clyde’s wife Lucy. Clyde and Lucy introduce him to Connie and they like each other. Being with Connie inspires Jack to learn to cook, to take swimming lessons in order to take Connie on a romantic boat ride, and to pursue a new career. Meanwhile, Lucy and Clyde’s marriage begins to disintegrate.

Hoffman’s directorial debut is a very independently spirited and produced film. Hoffman has made a career doing interesting, indie films such as Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Capote, and The Boat That Rocked among many others. During this career, he’s also been the Artistic Director for an off-Broadway theatre company in NYC for ten years, which is where this play originates. In putting together this film, he has gathered around him some wonderful talent, both on-screen and off-screen, from both theatrical backgrounds and film backgrounds, both indie and studio financed. This film is a small, gently paced, gem.

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