Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cabin Boy (1994)

Synopsis: Bearded imbecile ruins Captains Courageous and The Iliad

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Get ready for over-the-top hilarity when comedy original Chris Elliott (Groundhog Day, Late Night With David Letterman) goes overboard in this hysterical high-seas misadventure that’s sure to keep everyone laughing!”

What Did I Learn?: Hollywood should never, ever give Chris Elliott creative control over another movie. 

You Might Like This Movie If: You firmly believe David Letterman should have pursued a career in the cinema. [Honestly, this is painful to watch]

Really?: Oh man, where do I begin? 

Rating: It’s strange – while I somehow remember liking this film when it was first released (I was a fan of Elliott’s highly creative Get a Life television show), I could barely sit through it this time. While a few scenes are so off-the-wall they’re actually sort-of amusing (I genuinely laughed when Nathaniel shouts “These pipes are clean!”), Cabin Boy is otherwise an atrocious excuse for a movie. The writing is terrible, the special effects are bargain-basement quality, and Elliott’s shtick gets old, fast. I cannot recommend this movie. 3/10 stars. 

Would it Work For a Bad Movie Night?: Absolutely! Take a drink any time a member of the viewing party really, really wants to press the “Stop” button.

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