Boynton Beach Club (2006)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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 up a friendship with fellow widower Harry (Joseph Bologna), who offers advice on making time with the ladies, something he's developed a strong interest in since his wife's passing. At their meetings, Jack makes the acquaintance of Sandy (Sally Kellerman), an attractive and intelligent woman who - via a number of obvious sexual advances - makes no secret of her attraction to Jack, though he isn't sure he's ready for a new relationship. Jack and Harry also cross paths with Sandy's friends Marilyn (Brenda Vaccaro), who recently lost her husband to an absent-minded driver with a cellular phone, and Lois (Dyan Cannon), who still flaunts her considerable sex appeal and is dating a younger man, Donald (Michael Nouri). Also screened as The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club, The Boynton Beach Club also stars Renee Taylor, Bologna's wife and frequent acting partner. … More
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Critic Reviews for Boynton Beach Club
Seidelman maintains the narrow path between ridicule and dignity in a movie that dishes out humour even-handedly, but spares the characters total humiliation.
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.
There's no character in the group who doesn't ooze good-natured charm.
Unsatisfying comedy-drama, which features a cheesy golden-oldies soundtrack that feels even more packaged than the dialogue.
More a series of anecdotes than an insightful dramedy and relies too much on absurd coincidences and needless sitcom-style lying.
Seidelman's movie doesn't dig deep, and the comedy too quickly veers into routine relationship territory -- albeit with wrinkles.
Audience Reviews for 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.
Positively quaint enough to be embraced by its core demographic and withstood by everybody else.
What a great movie! I'm 44 but I will be 60+ someday (God willing) and I may yet be a widow - who knows? I'd like to believe that there will be groups and people out there like the Boynton Beach Bereavement Club should I arrive at that point in my life.
There were a few parts that made me laugh out loud but most of it was just a good story. If you're looking for a laugh riot or something to keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense or action.... keep looking. This isn't it. But it's a great movie to watch when you feel insecure about getting old and want to see the lighter, as well as the darker side of aging and being without your lifetime partner.
I'd love to see more movies like this. We NEED to see aging as a natural part of life to be embraced instead of shunned. Unfortunately storylines and movies of this genre are few and far between.
:::SPOILER::: When Harry tells Jack that sex with an older woman might be a little weird because you were used to the one you grew old with and you've never seen another older woman naked it made me think about that, for the first time. How strange and foreign must it be to find yourself looking at a new mature lover when you only saw the one person you had always loved and grown old with looking back at you through eyes of love? I'm thinking there are worse things than being old and single!
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