Boynton Beach Club
|Boynton Beach Club|
|Directed by||Susan Seidelman|
|Produced by||Florence Seidelman
|Written by||Susan Seidelman
|Music by||Marcelo Zarvos|
|Distributed by||Roadside Attractions
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Boynton Beach Club is a 2005 film directed by Susan Seidelman, a romantic comedy produced by her and her mother Florence. Based on experiences of Florence and her widowed friend David Cramer at an adult enclave in Boynton Beach (a city in Palm Beach County, Florida), the film was scripted by Susan Seidelman and Coral Gables, Florida writer Shelly Gitlow.
Marilyn (Brenda Vaccaro) is a woman unexpectedly plunged into grief when her otherwise healthy husband is killed by a woman (Renée Taylor) backing her car out of a driveway. She is introduced to the Boynton Beach Bereavement Club by Lois (Dyan Cannon), a talkative and flirtatious decorator who also serves as the club's unofficial social director.
Meanwhile, Harry (Joseph Bologna) tutors the newly widowed Jack (Len Cariou) in the related skills of cooking and courtship. Harry considers himself a ladies' man, but his confidence is temporarily shaken when an Internet "dream date" turns out to be a prostitute (Janice Hamilton). Jack eventually re-enters the dating scene, regaining his sexual confidence with the assistance of Sandy (Sally Kellerman). Lois herself begins dating the relatively younger Donald (Michael Nouri), who does not turn out to be the eligible bachelor he seems.
- Joseph Bologna — Harry
- Dyan Cannon — Lois
- Len Cariou — Jack
- Sally Kellerman — Sandy
- Michael Nouri — Donald
- Renée Taylor — Anita Stern
- Brenda Vaccaro — Marilyn
Shot in 2005, Boynton Beach Club premiered in the Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, New York. It was then released to theaters in South Florida on March 17, 2006 and wider on August 4, playing in six states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri, Arizona and California.
The film's working title was The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club.
- Holden, Stephen. The New York Times (August 4, 2006), p. B10: "Crazy Mixed-Up Teenagers Who Are All Well Past 60"
- Lovece, Frank. Film Journal International (review)