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SP D: Philip Sey­mour Hoffman w/ Hoffman, Amy Ryan. U.S.. 91 min. Sep 12, 1 pm Is­abel Bader; Sep 19, 9 pm Sco­tia­bank 2 Rat­ing: NNNNN Hoffman’s di­rec­to­rial de­but takes a while to find its foot­ing, but there’s a fan­tas­tic pay­off at the end. Hoffman plays Jack, a so­cially awk­ward limo driver who’s set up on a date with the ner­vous Con­nie (Ryan), who works with Lucy (Daphne Ru­bin-Vega), the per­sis­tently un­faith­ful girl­friend of Jack’s co-worker pal Clyde (John Or­tiz).

Bob Glau­dini’s adap­ta­tion of his off-Broad­way play (which starred Hoffman) has a strange tone, and Hoffman holds many scenes too long – as if he doesn’t trust the au­di­ence to get a point.

Still, the movie has a cu­mu­la­tive power. The theatre-trained leads are all won­der­ful, es­pe­cially the un­der­rated Or­tiz, who’s fi­nally given a chance to show his range on film.

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