Rating: Unrated but could be PG-13 for adult situations and images
Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Writer/director Susan Seidelman crafts an old-fashioned romantic comedy that caters to the 60-plus set with bittersweet style.
Seidelman plays it light and easy while launching her core ensemble. Marilyn (Brenda Vaccaro) and Jack (Len Cariou) have recently lost their longtime partners and are functioning on auto-pilot, unable to cope with the day-to-day tedium of bills, meals, and laundry.
With the help of kindly club members Harry (perennial ladies’ man Joe Bologna) and Lois (Dyan Cannon sporting a fright mask of a face-lift) Marilyn and Jack reluctantly jump back into the game. Jack – overwhelmed by condolence casseroles – tentatively starts dating an attractive widow named Sandy (Sally Kellerman) while Marilyn sets her sights on a driver’s license. Lois unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams (Michael Nouri of “Flashdance” fame) at a local diner. Or is he?
“Boynton” delivers its message loud and clear – it’s never too late to love. Affairs of the heart are neatly packaged with the sticky wickets of adult relations – lies, games and cover-ups masking insecurities and fears.
check of aging Baby Boomers (nary a health or financial woe in sight!) is mired
in a cuddly, well-paced ensemble charm. Vaccaro, Cariou and
Despite some clumsy renderings of comic material and a slim-budget sensibility there is a gentle and persistent undercurrent of yearning and dignity. Sixty is the new forty indeed.