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Cabin Boy (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  7 January 1994 (USA)
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A foul-mouthed finishing school graduate mistakenly winds up on an ill-fated fishing boat, and faces the wrath of a crew that considers him bad luck.

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Snobby school boy goes left, and mistakes the "Filthy Whore" for his millionaire dad's yacht. He joins four filthy fishermen for hijinx on the high seas. Written by Cary Pincus <pincus@aracor.com>

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He's Setting Sail On The High Seas... Without A Rudder, A Compass, Or A Clue!


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Rated PG-13 for crude language | See all certifications »
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7 January 1994 (USA)  »

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A hajó hülyéje  »

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$3,662,459 (USA)
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The name "Captain Greybar" is an inside reference to the building where Chris' father, Bob Elliott, and his radio and stage partner Ray Goulding, had their "Bob and Ray" offices for many years (The well-known "Graybar Building" in NYC). Bob & Ray also had a company called GEG, which (long story short) had to be changed from Goulding-Elliott-Graybar to the differently spelled Goulding-Elliott-Greybar, under threat from the Graybar Building's lawyers. So, Chris gets the last laugh on those lawyers with the name of the tyrannical captain. See more »

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After fishing Trina out of the water and having his initial dialogue exchange with her, Nathanial summons the rest of the crew to meet her. Shortly after doing so, he refers to Trina by name despite Trina not having introduced herself to him in the previous scene. See more »

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Mulligan: Do you know what I do to guys who quote unquote "sleep" with my wife?
Nathanial Mayweather: Talk about your discomfort over a cup of hot cocoa?
Mulligan: Clooooooooose. I cut off their heads with a nail clipper.
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The Most Hilarious Movie Ever.
31 January 2003 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

Face it, we all have different senses of humor, so a movie like "Cabin Boy" will appeal strongly to some, while others will despise it. Personally this movie fits my style of comedy perfectly. I love non-sequiturs, absurdity, and characters who are insanely quirky. Chris Elliot, as another reviewer pointed out, seems to have been ahead of his time. The style of comedy he honed on the Letterman show and the "Get a Life" sitcom was pure absurdist brilliance, and it shines through in this movie.

A few of my favorite quotes from the movie (and I'm going mostly from memory here):

`Half man plus half shark equals one complete gentleman.' (Nathaniel)

`I'm sorry, I was just thinking how much fun it is to roast pumpkin seeds.' (Nathaniel)

`Gum.' (Kenny)

`Would you like to buy a monkey?' (Dave)

`Well. thanks for that. whatever that was.' (Nathaniel)

`I'm drawn to you, even though you have the breeding of a carnival barker.' (Nathaniel)

`I just don't get it! She seems totally uninterested in me, despite my smothering obsessiveness!' (Nathaniel)

`Oddly enough, it kind of tastes like marzipan!' (Nathaniel)

Nathaniel: `I love sitting up here, looking at those bright, twinkly things in the sky, I forget their technical name.' Trina: `Stars.' Nathaniel: `Whatever.'

How can anyone not love these lines? Ah, diff'rent strokes, I guess. Another favorite scene of mine is when "Cappy" goes to sleep nestled up to Chris and they wake up in each other's arms the following morning. Just the expression on Chris' face while sleeping is so glorious.

All the complaints I've seen about Elliot's demeanor indicate to me that people have completely missed the point. They talk about how annoying and whiny he is, but that's the whole point of his character in this film: a rich snotty kid who is forced to endure the antics of those from the less privileged caste (but who are no less intellectually challenged, natch).

I typically don't like comedy movies, because they're just way too formulaic and rigid--I tend to prefer sketch comedy or stand-up/improvisation. But with this movie, I can't stop laughing. I'm always eager to see where Chris Elliot will pop up next, and sadly it's been too long. But As Nathaniel one said to Chocky, "I shan't forget you!"


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