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The Real Cancun (2003)

Sixteen American college students drink, flirt, fight and canoodle during their Spring Break vacation in Cancun, Mexico.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Fletcher ...
Himself (as Benjamin 'Fletch' Fletcher)
Nicole Frilot ...
Roxanne Frilot ...
David Ingber ...
Amber Madison ...
Marquita 'Sky' Marshall ...
Heidi Vance ...
Sarah Wilkins ...


After a nationwide casting search including college campuses across the country--Arizona State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Georgia, Texas Tech, Boston University and Washington State University--the filmmakers cast a unique collection of real people ready to explore reality's barriers beyond the limits of television, while on the ultimate Spring Break vacation, with surprising results. Designed to be the first true reality feature film, six camera crews followed the cast--made up of 16 American college students--and filmed their exploits as they immersed and indulged in the Spring Break revelry of Cancun, Mexico. Filmed 24 hours a day over the course of a week in March 2003, the movie was shot on location and reveals the students' exploits through interviews and planned group activities, as well as through their own spontaneous adventures. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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No scripts. No actors. No rules. Anything can happen during spring break, and it did.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity, language and partying | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Real Spring Break  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,108,796, 27 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,713,002, 11 May 2003
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was tagged as the first reality movie. See more »


The amount of beer in Jeff's 40 changes inconsistently between shots. See more »


Jorell Washington: Give me one. Give me one. TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM! I got one in my backpack. You are so lucky today. I only had like two left.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes during closing credits. See more »


Referenced in The Simple Life: Pageant Girls Just Want to Have Fun (2007) See more »


Positive Vibes
Written by Brad Xavier, Dustin Miller, Timothy McNutt, Mike Kumagai and Doug Carrion
Performed by Kottonmouth Kings
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Truly the worst production ever put out by a major studio
23 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I don't think there has been another movie in history that has been released and forgotten about as quickly as THE REAL CANCUN. I myself had completely forgotten about it until recently. Shot and released between March and April 2003, THE REAL CANCUN was an attempt by reality TV producers Mary Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray to bring their successful "Real World" formula to big screen. Luckily, they failed. The Real Cancun was completely avoided, making only $5 million worldwide despite being billed as the first "realiy" movie. Exploitave, disgusting, and idiotic beyond belief, it remains the worst production ever put out by a major studio. I'd say New Line Cinema should be ashamed of themselves, but seeing as they've done their best to bury it, it seems they've learned their lesson. The only reason anyone should check out THE REAL CANCUN is to see what Laura Ramsey was like before becoming a mainstream Hollywood actress. As of this writing, there has yet to be another "reality" movie. 0/10

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