Saturday, October 23, 2010
Jack Goes Boating
Glaudini's screenplay contrasts Jack and Connie's fumblings with the crumbling marriage of Clyde and Lucy. John Ortiz is especially good as Clyde, a smart underachiever who can't deal with knowing that Lucy is slipping away. Hoffman keeps the material from feeling too stagey until the big dinner party scene at the end; Jack Goes Boating is full of funky New York texture, from the pool Jack swims in to the barren limo lot where Jack and Clyde start their work day. Philip Seymour Hoffman's talents as an actor are self-evident; in directing for the first time he reveals a more subtle but no less rich set of gifts.