19 June 2003 | MovieLuvaMatt
Can't get much cheesier, but at least it's somewhat entertaining
This isn't a must-see, nor is it a should-see, but it's not bad for a film this amateurish and low-brow. Despite having watched a couple billion movies, I've never become an expert at pointing out things like continuity errors and other flubs of that sort, but you don't have to be a film scholar to notice the COUNTLESS times the boom mike appears in the shots. I've seen student films shot with more professionalism. Come on!
The script is written with almost no intelligence. Any perv with half a brain can cough up such a cheap set of gags like this. But the sense of humor don't lie. I did get a fair deal of laughs. Not only that, but I was impressed by the gratuitous shots of half-naked women! Viewers probably assume since it's a film about a gay cruise, there'd be nothing but half-naked guys, but think again! I'm glad the director was thinking about the straight guys in the audience.
Part of the film's charm is it reminds me of those late night adult comedies like "Bikini Carwash Company" and "Beauty School." Lots of women in bikinis and nothing but tasteless sex gags. You can probably see most of the punchlines from a mile away, yet you still want to laugh. There's one scene where Cuba Gooding, Jr. ejaculates out the window and his fluids land on a man's face. The man is standing next to his gay lover and he says to him, "At least kiss me first." A totally forced, brainless gag, but it made me bust out laughing!
Gooding seems to be having fun in every scene, but I can't help but wonder, "Just WHAT the hell is he doing in this movie?" I could understand if this movie were made prior to his Oscar-winning appearance in "Jerry Maguire," but he's the last actor who should volunteer to do such a low-grade film. I know he didn't do it for the money, because the film's budget must've been about 3 dollars. But as I said, he does look like he's having fun and delivers some laughs. I liked his gay dance number of "I'm Coming Out," where he's dressed up as a showgirl. Horatio Sanz, one of the few new SNL cast members who actually makes me laugh, also delivers the goods. Former 007 star Roger Moore steals a few scenes himself. And Roselyn Sanchez, of "Rush Hour 2" fame, graces the screen with her beauty. Boy, is she hot!
I've heard some reviewers complain about the film's use of gay stereotypes. Now, in a more intelligent film, you may have the right to complain. With a film like this, why waste your breath? If you want to see an accurate portrayal of gays, watch "Queer as Folk." I'm sure no one walked into "Boat Trip" with the expectation that it would be a realistic portrait of homosexuals. I know gay people don't always talk about sex and guys' sex organs, but with characters who went against that stereotype, how would we have a comedy? If blacks and Hispanics are able to laugh at Archie Bunker comically bashing their people, gays can laugh at the stereotypes portrayed in this movie.
Even for a rental, I'd give this movie just a mild recommendation, but it is somewhat of a guilty pleasure. Every once in a while you feel like kicking back and watching a movie that requires no brain power. Well...look no further.
My score: 5 (out of 10)