The Boynton Beach Club


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

There isn't a lot of verbiage to be expended on this film, which was originally called the Boynton Beach Bereavement Club until some marketing guru pointed out that "bereavement" is a word rarely found in the title of light romantic comedies. The entire project is basically an extended episode of Love American Style. You know, it's the one where all the American lovers are living in a retirement community, brought together as members of a club for people who have recently been left alone by the passing of a loved one.

The film's themes are shallow, and the more painful aspects of aging are either glossed over with glib comedy or ignored completely. The people pair off easily, have sex almost immediately, and always seem to hit it off. Their conflicts stem mostly from trivial matters. One woman lies about her age, another claims to be a widow when she is really a divorcee, while another has let her driver's license expire. One man lets his date form a mistaken impression of his career, while another sends an old picture of himself to an internet blind date (only to find out that she couldn't care less because she's a hooker!) That gives you the general idea. It's basically fluff, with the sorts of actors you would expect in such fare: Dyan Cannon (who looks tremendous at 69), Sally Kellerman (who still has that sexy voice), Brenda Vaccaro, Michael Nouri, Len Cariou, and Joseph Bologna. Excepting Nouri, they were all born in the mid 1930s, and are playing older version of the roles they have been playing all their lives.

The characters are usually too busy being cute to be real, but Cariou does a great job at drawing audience empathy as the shy guy, and everything works out pleasantly for one and all.


Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


I won't watch it again but given that it's a romantic comedy about old geezers, a genre which rarely finds itself at the top of my Netflix queue, I found it a pleasant enough time-killer.


* widescreen anamorphic

* full-length director's commentary







It was nominated for an Oscar for cinematography.

2.5 James Berardinelli (of 4 stars)
58 Rotten Tomatoes  (% positive)
61 (of 100)



6.8 IMDB summary (of 10)
C+ Yahoo Movies


Box Office Mojo. It grossed three million dollars in a maximum of 65 theaters.



  • The most striking and most talked about element of the film is a topless scene from Hot Lips Houlihan, age 68.

  • An artists' model is seen posing topless, but the camera is to her side/rear.