Film review: 'Boynton Beach Club' has a high 'yuck' factor

Published: Friday, Oct. 6 2006 12:00 a.m. MDT

Dyan Cannon and Michael Nouri play residents of a Florida retirement village in "Boynton Beach Club."

Samuel Goldwyn Films

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BOYNTON BEACH CLUB — ** — Brenda Vaccaro, Len Cariou, Dyan Cannon; not rated, probable R (vulgarity, profanity, drugs, brief sex, violence, brief nudity).

To its credit, "Boynton Beach Club" does give veteran actors Brenda Vaccaro, Dyan Cannon, Len Cariou, Joseph Bologna and Sally Kellerman a big-screen vehicle.

And it is nice to see them again. Few of them have been on a screen for decades, outside of Cannon's occasional L.A. Lakers courtside antics.

Unfortunately, this comedy-drama is hardly worth their time. Its obsession with elderly sex makes it come off like a dirtier, extended-play version of the long-running television series "The Golden Girls."

The story is set in a Florida retirement community, which features a bereavement club for people who have lost spouses. The newest member is Marilyn (Vaccaro), whose husband was killed by a careless driver.

She's still coming to terms with that, but at least she's met one new friend: the vivacious Lois (Cannon), who's pursuing a slightly younger man, Donald (Michael Nouri).

And another new member, Jack (Cariou), has been taken under the wing of bachelor Harry (Bologna), who's encouraging him to enjoy life before it's too late.

Co-screenwriter/director Susan Seidelman based parts of the film on real-life experiences (her mother, Florence, helped provide story material). Yet little of it seems real or convincing.

And again, the concentration on sexual material makes the film's yuck factor higher than it should be. (Not to give anything away, but Cariou and Kellerman were either brave or fool-hardy to accept these particular roles.)

"Boynton Beach Club" is not rated but would probably receive an R for crude sexual material (references and sight gags), scattered profanity, drug content (references, as well as marijuana use), brief simulated sex, vehicular violence (and slapstick) and brief nudity (artwork and flashes of elderly nudity). Running time: 104 minutes.


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