1 item from 2003
Opens Friday, March 21
Gags in the insipid sex comedy "Boat Trip" are both lame and crass, meaning you not only don't laugh but stifle groans. If a woman says to a man, "Spit it out", you know he'll throw up. If a banana appears on camera, some idiot will discover its phallic possibilities. And any swimming pool requires a person to fall in. How did Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. get marooned in this misfired mess?
The lowbrow comedy directed by Mort Nathan (from his and William Bigelow's script) will mostly appeal to under-25 males and, thanks to Gooding and Vivica A. Fox, to blacks. Business for Artisan will be iffy in theatrical release, but it may clean up in video, where no-brainer comedies work best.
To shake his buddy Jerry (Gooding) out of a six-month funk over his breakup with girlfriend Felicia Fox), Nick (Horatio Sanz) arranges a singles cruise in the Medi-terranean for both men. Only they wind up on a gay cruise ship. After exhausting every imaginable joke about homophobia, the filmmakers allow the two buddies to meet real women. For Jerry, this means Gabriella (Roselyn Sanchez), an I'm-through-with-love dance instructor. For Nick, it's the Swedish bikini tanning team, whose helicopter he accidentally shoots down with a flare gun. The team, a tribute to the benefits of plastic surgery, is lead by the pneumonic Inga (Victoria Silvstedt) and her tough-as-painted-nails coach Sonya (Lin Shaye).
Jerry falls in love but must pretend to be gay to stay in the company of man-phobic Gabriella. Nick reveals himself to be a flaming heterosexual right away to Inga but runs afoul of her coach's training regimen.
One could complain about the gay stereotypes, but the heterosexual ones are much worse. Indeed the one redeeming element here is the presence of Roger Moore, more or less playing James Bond as an aging queen. Otherwise, a more apt complaint would focus on tired gags and frantic overacting by Gooding and Sanz, who play most scenes with barely contained hysteria. Ditto Fox, as a high-strung, pampered Beverly Hills bitch. By contrast, Sanchez plays her character in a lower key, which allows her to be smooth and sexy without trying half as hard.
For Gooding fans, the highlight -- or low light, depending on one's point of view -- comes when he performs a lip-sync dance routine to "I'm Coming Out", garbed in gold chains, jockstrap, white boots, peacock feathers and a headdress worthy of Mardi Gras.
Motion Picture Corporation of America/Gemini Group/Apollo Media
Director: Mort Nathan
Screenwriters: Mort Nathan, William Bigelow
Executive producer: Sabine Muller
Director of photography: Shawn Maurer
Production designer: Charles Breen
Music: Robert Folk
Costume designer: Tim Chappel
Editor: John Axness
Jerry: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Nick: Horatio Sanz
Felicia: Vivica A. Fox
Gabriela: Roselyn Sanchez
Hector: Maurice Godin
Sonja: Lin Shaye
Inga: Victoria Silvstedt
Lloyd: Roger Moore
Malcolm: Richard Roundtree
Running time -- 95 minutes
MPAA rating: R
1 item from 2003
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