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Boynton Beach Club (2006)

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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.

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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.

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Cast

Renée Taylor
as Anita Stern
Evelyn Brooks
as Betty Hammond
Serita Butwin
as Lucille Parisi
Joyce Kaye
as Mrs. Herman
Luis Chao
as Taxi Driver
Loli Rainey
as Camille
Sol Rothstein
as Minister
Paul Tei
as Art Teacher
Todd Webster
as Bartender
Jody Wilson
as `Boy Toy' Lady
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Critic Reviews for Boynton Beach Club

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (29)

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

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

More a series of anecdotes than an insightful dramedy and relies too much on absurd coincidences and needless sitcom-style lying.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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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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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

FANTASTIC SHOW!!!! This is one of the best movies I've ever seen - right up there with Grouchy Old Men and Cocoon. I LOVED IT so much I've watched it at LEAST four times in the last few years....I have only one complaint on the movie.....where are the SEQUELS???? I want to know what is happening with the girls. It's been FOUR YEARS now and you still haven't finished the next sequel? Why NOT??? There are sooooo many things they could be doing - each of them - that I'd like to be a part of..... This movie made me want to go find the neighborhood they lived in and join the bereavement club .... and my husband is still alive .... just to meet all the ladies.... :^)

Beth Safe
Beth Safe
½

The movie is somewhat entertaining. The cast is decent and pretty good. But the movie at some parts was just overall boring. Some of the entertaining parts I guess made up for it. There was also a small nude scene that really didn't need to be there. I don't know if they did it to prove a point or what.

Paul Celano
Paul Celano

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