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The Boynton Beach Club (2005)

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60

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 21

While the movie has been praised for showcasing a cinematically underused and disrespected age group, it also has the small-screen feel of a silly sitcom.

58

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 11

While the movie has been praised for showcasing a cinematically underused and disrespected age group, it also has the small-screen feel of a silly sitcom.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

A handful of men and women "of a certain age" pick up the pieces of their lives and look for new love after the loss of their mates in this comedy drama from writer-director Susan Seidelman. Jack (Len Cariou) married his high school sweetheart when they were still in their teens, and when she dies in her early sixties, he is emotionally devastated. Jack's friends and family insist he needs to start living again, and he begins attending a support group for bereaved senior citizens. Jack strikes

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Drama, Comedy

Feb 6, 2007

$3.0M

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (21) | DVD (4)

Seidelman maintains the narrow path between ridicule and dignity in a movie that dishes out humour even-handedly, but spares the characters total humiliation.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Replaces one set of clichés with another, and does what all lame comedies do to young and old alike: It robs them of their humanity and makes them cute.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's no character in the group who doesn't ooze good-natured charm.

August 31, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Unsatisfying comedy-drama, which features a cheesy golden-oldies soundtrack that feels even more packaged than the dialogue.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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More a series of anecdotes than an insightful dramedy and relies too much on absurd coincidences and needless sitcom-style lying.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Seidelman's movie doesn't dig deep, and the comedy too quickly veers into routine relationship territory -- albeit with wrinkles.

August 25, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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It's life affirming, amusing and touching, as relationships struggle and blossom, while friendships form a rock-solid boost to newly imposed loneliness

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Both sweet and real.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

hanks to Susan Seidelman for reminding us that romantic comedy is suitable for any population or age group...

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

There are few scenes in films that I regret seeing, two of which are unfortunately in Susan Seidelman's maudlin "The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club."

November 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

Despite its best intentions, this seems like a hack job, a routine directing assignment shoved through its paces under the restrictions of a low budget.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Ultimately, the film comes off as a sexed-up cable episode of The Golden Girls, but it still offers amusing scenarios and likeable older characters of a sort too seldom seen on modern movie screens.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Good intentions and strong thespians aside, Seidelman's writing and filmmaking are bland, obvious and uninvolving.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The characters are treated with respect, and their zest for life is inspiring (and not just for those who share their age bracket).

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Its obsession with elderly sex makes it come off like a dirtier, extended-play version of the long-running television series The Golden Girls.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

"Boynton Beach Club" can warm a heart of any age.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The achievement of Boynton Beach Club is to remind moviegoers that there are huge portions of the population who never appear on-screen and that they have interesting lives, too.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie is funny without disrespecting its characters. But there is a sadness at its heart, because, although the possibilities for romantic happiness diminish after the age of 65, the dynamics of sexual attraction and coupling never change.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Audience Reviews for The Boynton Beach Club

Pleasant diversion with an able cast who don't get a chance to be featured prominently any longer. Dyan while good in her role looks like hell.
February 27, 2010
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Positively quaint enough to be embraced by its core demographic and withstood by everybody else.
November 26, 2006
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