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When can we join "The Boynton Beach Club?" - CinemaDave

Mar. 15th, 2006 09:26 am When can we join "The Boynton Beach Club?"

Besides winning the Best Picture Oscar, “Crash” also
won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble
Acting. The key to ensemble acting is communication
and championship teamwork. The mark of good ensemble
acting is that each individual actor is given a moment
to shine while receiving empathetic support from their
colleagues.

Directed by Susan Seidleman and co written by her
mother, Florence, “The Boynton Beach Club” features an
ensemble of characters that have recently lost loved
ones. Marylin (Brenda Vaccaro) is the most recent
initiate, a woman whose husband is run over by a blond
bimbo on a cell phone. Marylin is befriended by Lois
(Dyan Cannon), a decorator with the body of a twenty
year old ballet dancer. While wiggling her heinie at
breakfast diner, Lois attracts the attention of Donald
(Michael Nouri), a tall man of mystery.

Jack (Len Cariou) is also a recent widower, an
incompetent homemaker with a pot smoking Goth
grandchild. Jack is actively pursued by Sandi (Sally
Kellerman), an experienced widow who has the patience
to deal with new widowers. Last, but not least, there
is Harry (Joseph Bolonga), an experienced widow's man
who still encounters new adventures with internet
dating.

“The Boynton Beach Club” strikes a realistic chord
that salutes the South Florida Fountain of Youth
Culture. One humorous highlight involves Jack's first
date at an all-you-can-eat-early-bird-special. The
narrative intersects between these six main characters
with verve and energy. The pace is fast enough that
one does not forget the comedic situations featuring
Marilyn & Lois & Donald & Jack & Sandi & Harry.

It helps that we have grown up with these ensemble of
actors. It is as if we are having a reunion with the
people from “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “The Four
Seasons,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” and “Goodbye
Columbus.” As the characters are introduced, their
high school picture is presented with their year of
graduation, usually between the classes of 1966 or
1967.

Brenda Vaccaro and Dyan Cannon make a great team with
genuine warmth for one another, Len Cariou teeters
from heartbroken loser to humble lover who finds a
second chance at love. While Joe Bolonga could have
portrayed Harry as a leisure suit leech, the actor
finds a way to make his Casanova an endearing figure.
Bolonga's wife, Renee Taylor has small, but
unforgettable role as an aqua mermaid in hydrotherapy
class.

Regardless of the actor's cinematic history, “The
Boynton Beach Club” stands on it's own as an
entertaining film that affirms life. There is a
genuine feeling of warmth that celebrates aging
without getting old. The picture postcard
cinematography celebrates our community in a breezy
and positive way. “The Boynton Beach Club” is easily
one of the best motion pictures of 2006.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 21st, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)

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I was a producer on BBC. I too am younger than the subject matter, so I appreciate when someone more my age gets the film.

Do you happen to have a sister named Andrea Montalbano?

jamin o'brien
co-producer BBC
jamin@johndoeentertainment.com
From:cinemadave
Date:March 21st, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)

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Nope,
my sister's name is Carol.

But I have heard of "Andrea Montalbano."
If you scroll down to January, you can see a picture of me. Please tell me if we look a like. (Poor Andrea!)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 21st, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)

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I thought it was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The writing was horrible, I thought. Groan rather than a semblance of a laugh. It was a painful experience to sit through; and I CANNOT believe it's getting all this hype. I don't go to movies often, and will think twice about venturing out on the advice of some critics. I couldn't wait for the movie to be over. Almost embarrassing that it could be on the big screen; as opposed to a TV movie.
From:cinemadave
Date:August 22nd, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)

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Wow.
Thanks for taking the time to reply to this review.
I guess you don't live in South Florida or know people in that age group. This club did Boynton Beach proud.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 28th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)

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Boyton Beach Club is one the finest movies that I have ever viewed. It is so authentic and so touching. It's real life. Yes, the movie does Boyton Beach proud. I have vewed the movie twice now on TV and I am looking to buy a copy on DVD. To the person that gave such a negative review- pal, get a life.
From:cinemadave
Date:October 28th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)

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I will have to let Florence know. She was a screenwriter for "The Boynton Beach Club."
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 26th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

Susan Seidlemam Outstanding as a human being

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I had the priveledge for a few short weeks years ago in the filming of "Making Mr Right" Orion Picutres with John Malkavich and Susan as a top notch director of the film. Susan's warm but quietly exuburent observation of all the players in the production was very obvious. I was doing some temp in the new area at the time as a video operator so that playback of a scene could be viewed immediatley, now obviously just a normal part of production. Susan recognized artisitc talented moments that were possibly overlooked by others but was able to grab that moment and put them in the film as she does to this day. I was very fortunate to have the priviledge of involvement on this creative set with her recognizing some few shots that I felt worked to her advantage in the filming of the production. Thank You Susan for those few minutes in the industry at that time. I now have a son in the New York Film Academy that I know will be successful with the same drive and talent that you have in creating and directing. Michael Curri Navarre, Florida.......
From:cinemadave
Date:December 26th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Susan Seidlemam Outstanding as a human being

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What I liked about Susan, and her mother, was the blue collar working class methodology they bring to the job. Seidleman crafts good and entertaining stories for the big screen.