BOYNTON BEACH CLUB, THE
Aging Toward Hell
Release Date: March 17, 2006
Starring: Len Cariou, Sally Kellerman,
Dyan Cannon, Joe Bologna,
Brenda Vaccara, and Michael
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 104 minutes
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Susan Seidelman
Executive Producer: Deborah van Eck and Blair
Producer: Florence Seidelman and Susan
Writer: Susan Seidelman and Shelly
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Meyer Gottlieb, President
Samuel Goldwyn Films
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The movie opens with Marilyn (Brenda Vaccaro) and Marty arguing briefly as Marty goes out to take the trash. On his walk, another geriatric member of this retirement community backs over him while talking on her cell phone.
Marilyn is devastated and goes to the Boynton Beach Bereavement Club. There, the women outnumber the men eight to one. Jack (Len Cariou) has just lost his wife and he gets involved with Sandy, played by Sally Kellerman, who comes on to him very strong, eventually exposing herself and going to bed with him. Harry (Joe Bologna) starts an online romance with a woman who turns out to be a prostitute with a closet full of sex toys. Lois, played by Dyan Cannon, falls for real estate developer Donald (Michael Nouri), who turns out to be an exterminator.
After the third or fourth sex joke, BOYNTON BEACH CLUB became tedious and pathetic. Not only do most teenagers not like watching women being exploited sexually, according to a recent survey, but watching 60- and 70-year-old women being exploited sexually is even more repulsive. That said, there are a few good insights in the movie. The actors, who once upon a time had a good career in Hollywood, perform well. The music is serviceable. But, the fatal flaw in the movie is that the movie is preoccupied with sex. The slight hints of religion don't seem to satisfy anyone. It is sad to realize that these once vibrant people are still cruising for a bruising in their love life and are headed to perdition.
After the third or fourth sex joke, BOYNTON BEACH CLUB becomes tedious and pathetic. There are a few good insights and funny moments. The actors, who once upon a time had a good career in Hollywood, perform well. The music is serviceable. The movie is preoccupied by sex, however, with elderly people looking for love in all the wrong places. The hints of religion don't seem to satisfy anyone. This is the aging 60s generation of pre-baby boomers heading straight to Hell.