JACK GOES BOATING
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.