Audience Reviews for Jack Goes Boating. Throughout the years - either in leading roles like "Love Liza" "Capote" and "Doubt" or supporting roles such as "Boogie Nights" or "The Big Lebowski" - Philip Seymour Hoffman has always delivered consistency. As a result of this, he has become one of my favourite actors and like many respected performers he now takes his first step into directing. For his material, he chooses a play that he's familiar with (and one that he performed off-broadway).
Jack Goes Boating is a 2010 romantic comedy film directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and starring Hoffman in the title role, as well as Amy Ryan, John Ortiz.
Old Jack's Boat is a British pre-school children's television series that stars Bernard Cribbins as Old Jack, the owner of a multi-coloured boat called The Rainbow. Emily's ice-cream maker has broken and she can't sell any ice creams. Jack tells a story about the day Salty wanted an ice cube for her drink. Videos. Jack Goes Boating -- Academy-Award-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman ( CAPOTE) · Jack Goes Boating -- " Jack and Clyde Talk in the Diner". Jack was young, rich and fond of girls. He hardly ever did any work, and spent most of his time enjoying himself. One summer he bought a big motor- boat.
Wisely, Hoffman behind the camera doesn't go for anything flashy but instead, delivers a solid low-key character study. It's because of the range and high level of Hoffman's performances that I was so eager to see how he faired behind the camera. Now, this isn't a film that will instantly have you singing his praises from the rooftops but what it is, is a slow moving but deeply involving drama that pays attention to it's characters and their subtleties. This film is in no rush whatsoever but it's all the better for it. It allows us to completely get inside the minds and the hearts of the characters and allows the actors (in this case, four of them) to take centre stage and provide the goods. In keeping with playwright Robert Glaudini's off-broadway show, Hoffman casts the same actors; John Ortiz, Daphne Ruben-Vega and himself all reprise their roles. They all seem on very comfortable ground and new arrival Amy Ryan, no less so.
Ultimately, this is a film about performances and they are all uniformly brilliant. They deliver vulnerable characters at odds with themselves and the world, showing extensive ranges of loneliness and weary outlooks. An emotive and pragmatic slice-of-life that's strictly for lovers of slow moving cinema. Some may find it tentative or cloying but I found it showed an awareness from a welcome new director.