San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
USA | 2010 | Fiction | 91 minutes
Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Writer: Robert Glaudini
Producer: Beth O’Neil, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Emily Ziff
Cinematographer: W. Mott Hupful III
Editor: Brian A. Kates
Composer: Grizzly Bear, Evan Lurie
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega
For his impressive directorial debut, Philip Seymour Hoffman chose an intimate ensemble piece, Jack Goes Boating, a four-character romantic drama about the tentative, budding relationship between a shy limousine driver and an equally shy woman whose co-worker is in a troubled marriage with Jack’s close friend. The film was based on a stage production by the Labyrinth Theater Company with essentially the same cast; Amy Ryan was added for the film. This is an actor’s film in the best sense. Hoffman’s sure-handed, intimate direction closely follows the emotional undercurrents of the story. And his lived-in, convincing portrayal of Jack happens to be one of his finest screen performances.
Filmmaker bio: Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the greatest screen actors working today. He won an Academy Award for Capote and has been nominated three times for Supporting Actor, for The Master, Charlie Wilson’s War and Doubt. He is also an accomplished stage actor, with Tony nominations for True West, Death of a Salesman, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.