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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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Benjamin Fletcher ...
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Nicole Frilot ...
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Roxanne Frilot ...
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David Ingber ...
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Amber Madison ...
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Marquita 'Sky' Marshall ...
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Heidi Vance ...
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Sarah Wilkins ...
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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.

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

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25 April 2003 (USA)  »

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Real Spring Break  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,108,796 (USA) (25 April 2003)

Gross:

$3,713,002 (USA) (9 May 2003)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Paul Malbry: What kinda dicks you like?
Marquita 'Sky' Marshall: What the fuck?
Paul Malbry: What?
Marquita 'Sky' Marshall: What kind of questions are you asking me?
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Crazy Credits

Not all the spring break'ers who had "roles" in this film are credited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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Clint Eastwood
Written by Damon Albarn (as 2D), Jamie Hewlett (as Murdoc Niccols) and Del (as Teren Delvon Jones)
Performed by Gorillaz
Courtesy of EMI Records/Virgin Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Just like seeing a train wreck, I can't stop watching
1 August 2003 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I happened on this while checking out what was playing on my pay per view, recalled reading something about it and thought "I wouldn't mind seeing some naked breasts". So I ordered it up.

It's hard for me to decide if I really like this or not. Until recent years, I was a big fan of the Real World tv show (especially the second season), and essentially, this is a movie version of the same idea. Of course, the movie has the same problems that the show has had the last two or three (or more) seasons: it looks scripted and the people seem very insincere in their actions. I got the impression that they were "performing" for the camera, rather than the camera catching "reality", which of course defeats the whole purpose.

But in the end, I have to say I enjoyed it. It's incredible, but I actually felt bad for poor Alan and wanted to see him get to hook up with some hot chick. They actually made me care about him. And it was really nice to see people having such a good time.

As a film, unfortunately, it's pretty poor. Billed as a documentary, it nonetheless feels like a scripted movie that simply didn't go anywhere. Several of the people they had there only appear once or twice. It jumps around a lot and isn't entirely cohesive.

I guess what I like about it is that it brings up some good memories of my college years. Mostly it makes me wish it was 5 years ago so I could go live it instead of watch it. Really, in the end, it's not very good at all, and I'm almost embarassed to say it, but I enjoyed it anyway.


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