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.


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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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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.

Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There's no character in the group who doesn't ooze good-natured charm.

Aug 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Unsatisfying comedy-drama, which features a cheesy golden-oldies soundtrack that feels even more packaged than the dialogue.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Seidelman's movie doesn't dig deep, and the comedy too quickly veers into routine relationship territory -- albeit with wrinkles.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: C+

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

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Positively quaint enough to be embraced by its core demographic and withstood by everybody else.

William Goss
William Goss

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