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Jack Goes Boating Movie Review Summary

Actors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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This is the story of a shy, middle-aged man who is setup in a new romantic relationship by his friend and his wife. Jack is a limo driver who is just trying to get by. He enjoys working with his friend, Clyde, and they pass the time waiting in between calls often together just sharing a moment and talking about what they like. The bond they have is pleasant and affable. Clyde's wife works at an office as a secretary and she makes friend with a new coworker, Connie, who just moved to town. She sets her up with Jack and they go on a date. They both haven't been with anyone for a long time and it's a refreshing change for them both to start dating. Jack starts to learn to swim so he can take Connie out on a boat in the summertime. Clyde takes on the role of swim teacher and things start to get more and more hopeful for Jack who at midlife starts to get a new spark in life. The opposite is true of Clyde and Clyde's wife, Lucy, who start to have troubles. Connie says no one has ever cooked for her so Jack takes on a new challenge learning to cook from one of Lucy's friends, a chef at a fancy restaurant. He gets a bit stressed one day finally cooking a meal for Connie at Clyde and Lucy's place when he miscooks the meal and breaks down in anger and frustration leaving a damper on everyone's mood. Connie reassures him though and they keep their relationship strong. It turns out the chef helping teach Jack to cook was someone Lucy was unfaithful to Clyde with. Clyde obsesses over this and brings it up one day to Lucy who goes into a rage and says she wants a break in their relationship. The movie ends with Clyde lost and bewildered imagining life without Lucy staring in longing at Jack as he and Connie walk hand in hand happy and in love.
Best part of story, including ending: It was a simple, down to earth glimpse at what life is like for just a handful of normal, day to day people. It was like watching a fictional documentary or well composed, made up reality show. It was hopeful and showed how a person can bring in good things into their life and also didn't shy away from difficult emotional issues that come up.

Best scene in story: I really enjoyed the scene where Jack loses it when preparing the meal for Connie. The lighting mixed with the emotions produced felt like many instances I've experienced in life. It seemed like I could feel the turmoil in what could of been a real cozy heartwarming moment coming off the screen.

Opinion about the main character: What I like most about Jack is the way he just looks at whoever he's talking to with so much expectant acceptance. He just is there and feels what his friends are going through and shows them with his present attention he appreciates them which enriches everyone's lives.

The review of this Movie prepared by Victor Bowman-Rivera a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar





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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Lover is...    -   socially awkward

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   play

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