DVD: Jack Goes Boating (15)


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A gentle romance in which Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a shy, socially awkward limo driver, learns how to swim and cook in order to woo the equally shy Connie (the excellent Amy Ryan).

Jack's married friends, Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), set them up on a blind date. Connie wants to go boating, so Jack starts swimming lessons. While the bashful pair tentatively connect over reggae music and space travel, the married couple unravel. There's plenty of droll dialogue ("Maybe a goodnight kiss... you know nothing overwhelming") and Ryan and Hoffman act their socks off. A good soundtrack, too.