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STARRING
Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Vivica Fox
DIRECTOR
Mort Nathan
SCREENPLAY
Mort Nathan, William Bigelow
MPAA RATING
Rated R
RUNNING TIME
94 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
Motion Picture Corp. of America (Theatrical)
Lions Gate (DVD)
 "Boat Trip" Review 
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After watching the NC-17 version of "The Dreamers", how could I resist the unrated version of the Cuba Gooding classic "Boat Trip?"

Long known as a writer, writer/director Mort Nathan will hopefully be kept from directing other garbage similar to this hopelessly unfunny vehicle that has to make one question the Oscar that Gooding received for "Jerry Maguire." Nathan, who has actually written some decent stuff...like TV's "The Golden Girls," has created a film here that simply has little entertainment value. Even the "good guy" factor can't make me rate this film higher than an "F."

Gooding is simply awful here...This film is so bad that even a cameo by Will Ferrell is desperately unfunny. I'm not even sure I knew it was possible for Ferrell to be completely unfunny. Horatio Sanz, of Saturday Night Live fame, is clearly not made for feature films. His presence is weak at best, his line delivery beyond incompetent. In a comedy, one must be funny. Sanz is simply not funny.

Indianapolis native Vivica Fox, another performer I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to, is a lost cause here...as is the rest of the cast. Perhaps the only kick is seeing Roger Moore play "gay," but it's not that funny and far from enough to save this film's rating.

Avoid this film...even the "unrated" version should be lost at sea.

© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic

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