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Chatham (The Golden Boys) (2008)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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Adapted from Joseph C. Lincoln's best-selling novel Can'n Eri, this gentle tale of three retired sea captains living together and looking to get their house in order features an all-star cast including David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern, and Mariel Hemingway. The story begins in turn of the century Cape Cod, where Captain Jerry Burgess (Torn), Captain Perez (Dern), and Captain Zeb (Carradine) decide that the only way to get their house in order is for one of them to get married. When no one


Comedy, Romance

Daniel Adams

Aug 18, 2009

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It seems particularly perverse to take actors who helped develop the '60's thesping style of hang-loose, semi-improvisational immediacy and stick them in a creaky period piece glazed with arch gentility and ersatz quaintness.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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This musty yarn would have worked better as a 1940s MGM programmer.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The Golden Boys is an object lesson in how to squander a seasoned cast, a charming premise and a breathtaking location.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Trying to sit through The Golden Boys is like trudging across the Cape Cod sand in galoshes during a nor'easter with a mule on your back.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Aside from the occasional magical shot or affecting actor moment, it's a film whose poverty betrays most every frame.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece of filmed dinner theater.

April 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The three vets are a delight to watch, even if the movie around them remains soggy.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

This tale of three codgery sea captains looking for a wife is not all that romantic, or especially comic.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Taking place in 1905, this harmless serving of maritime malarkey may also boast the most liver spots on screen since Cocoon.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

You don't have to be a geezer to grin at these goings-on.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

peddles safe humor that's mashed up and spoon-fed to an audience craving toothless comedy

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

Picturesque if plodding indie romantic comedy about three salty dogs in 1905 Cape Cod who bring in a would-be bride to keep house.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

All the admirable shipyard textures and thespian marquee value can't fog the fact that while peaceful, The Golden Boys is about as thrilling as an Abe Simpson bedtime story.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

Proves the course of love is never what we think it is going to be.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Imagine! It's an amusing, high-spirited romantic picture about senior citizens. What will they think of next?

April 13, 2009 Full Review
SSG Syndicate

The Golden Boys, writer-director Daniel Adams's adaptation of Joseph Lincoln's novel Cap'n Eri, could just as easily be called Grumpy Old Sea-Men or Two Brides for Three Salty Seadogs.

April 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The sheer delight of this salty boy talk elder outing, is lifelong fierce courage on the high seas but acute commitment panic when females are around. While the male angst tragic ties surfacing between Rip Torn and David Carradine, are fatefully linked.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The ambiance of early 1900 Cape Cod is a character in this all-too-slight movie that could play better on cable, DVD, or an off-off-Broadway stage.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Audience Reviews for Chatham (The Golden Boys)

From one end of the spectrum to the other. Yesterday I am watching more a less a movie about a child and today its old men. The previews are far better then the movie itself but its still a cute movie, about 3 old shipmates living together and they decided one needs to marry in order for there home to be kept up. Lots of twist and turns. Easy to see that 3 old friends in the movie business enjoyed making this film. An enjoyable film but still only 3 Stars.
March 2, 2011
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i didn't even know this one was out there but, following a group of nothing but silver-haired types into the local multiplex (as opposed to a group of squealin skateboardin cellphonin pimplepoppers headin for "hannah montana"), i found this relic warped from the days of abc's movie-of-the-week as the old new wave (carradine, torn, and dern, their wild, capricious, potsmokin, f-ck-the-man, "we do it our way" days of the '70's long behind them) dust off their best eastcoaster accents and entertain entertainin ms. hemingway's competent though lonely spinster. who'll get the girl? is the most action this quaint "senior entertainment" vehicle offers.
April 20, 2009

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