October 19, 2006

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Boynton Beach Club (NR)
Old people do the darnedest things in Boynton Beach Club, a tale of wrinkled love.

Marilyn (Brenda Vaccaro) is happily married until a woman at her active retirement community development backs out of her driveway and over Marilyn's husband. Marty (Mal Z. Lawrence) wants to meet new people but he has a hard time with the whole sex and romance thing when he meets Sandy (Sally Kellerman). Lois (Dyan Cannon) is probably well into her 60s but continues to dress, Botox and get the lip enhancements of a much younger woman, a fact that probably helps her attract Donald (Michael Nouri), a man who's strangely cagey about his life.

Sinking back into single life after decades spent as part of a couple can't possibly be easy but the Boynton Beach Club tends to reduce it to overly cutesy solutions to overly simplistic problems. What about feeling sad? The movie touches on this briefly but never returns to it once it begins pairing up its senior couples. The movie also brushes past the idea that a senior's younger family members might have a hard time seeing mom or dad date new people. And what about the strange sensation of finding yourself again with people of your own age? Once you leave college, you are awash in a mix of generations. When you start attending bereavement clubs at the senior center, you're back in a high school-like scenario of your very close peers. Being 60 and over gives you wisdom, I'm sure, but doesn't it prevent people from completely sliding back into their 16-year-old personalities? There is oodles of comic and dramatic potential introduced in Boynton Beach Club but sadly just about all is ignored in favor of a few very sitcom-like tales. C-

Amy Diaz