CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,
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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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