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23 May 2011

Cabin Boy (1994) Review

Directed by: Adam Resnick
Produced by: Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Runtime: 80 Minutes

So I was just thinking about very odd films to watch, and I came across this. IT came to a surprise to me to see who produced this film, and it was Tim Burton and Denise DI Novi, the very two who also produced Nightmare before Christmas together and other projects. Cabin Boy is a weird journey of a fancy boy who eventually just becomes a fishy sailor. There are some recognisable faces in this film from films like Dumb and Dumber and the story for this one is just very silly. The film is full of laughs and goofy humour least we forget the strong language. It isn’t an overly bad film because it isn’t trying to be anything but a goofy comedy. The humour is pretty funny and it is overall just a weird comedy film. But even saying that, it doesn’t save it from being very good.
Nathaniel left.
Plot:
Nathanial Mayweather, a fancy lad whom we first meet to be the feminine and snobbish boy who is about to graduate from ‘fancy school’.  He has been invited by his father in Hawaii on the Queen Catherine. However, after annoying the driver, he is force to walk the rest of the way. He comes up to a wharf and accidentally ends up on the wrong boat, being called ‘The Filthy Whore’. The short attention spanned cabin boy Kenny lets him on the boat. Later the crew comes back and it’s hilarious because of how much they are spoofing sailors. In this film they are dirty, filthy, bad mannered men that stink and have attitude. Well the captain makes Nathanial the new Cabin Boy, after Nathanial got Kenny to have the boat go to Hawaii, (which it doesn’t). Along the way it’s foolish voyage. Along the way we encounter a Shark man, a giant, a 6 armed blue goddess of some sort and a big ass human iceberg. Along the way a woman trying to break the world record for swimming around the world hops on board called Trina.
From left to right, Paps, Teddy, Skunk, Captain Greybar and Kenny.

Who came up with this stuff?
I just thought the whole film was wacky and different from any film I’ve seen form the 90’s. Wacky characters, wacky story, but the direction was straightforward. Knowing that Tim Burton was the producer, I was waiting to see If I could find elements of his, and I did. There was the giant talking cupcake which seemed to be stop animated or a puppet, then the human iceberg, (Some reason I find the word human iceberg very funny). The iceberg monster was stop-animated and the crew had to fight him off along the voyage, which was soon destroyed thanks to coffee. I’m actually very surprised this film got a 12 and not a 15. There is loads of swearing in it, which was a little foolish because not many people past the age of 12 would WANT a story like this. Regardless I was willing to sit through it and laugh at the stupidity of some things in it. I’s like Killer Klowns From Outer Space, not necessarily a bad film, just very wacky and stupid.


Recognisable Faces:
I can sometimes forget names of actors, but I never forget a voice or face. First off I identified Chris Elliot as Nathanial Mayweather. I don’t recall ever hearing his name but I remember seeing him in Groundhog Day. I also recognised Mike Starr as that big giant towards the end. He is in Dumb and Dumber. I also recognised the voice of Skunk played by Brian-Doyle Murray. He is also in Groundhog Day as the mayor.

Overall:
I haven’t much a problem with this film. The characters don’t have any memorable qualities other than being stupid, and that’s all this film is. It’s hilarious because of it’s silly humour, but overall it’s still a pretty bad film. Chris Elliot gives an annoying performance as Nathanial but it’s still funny. It was the crew on the boat that made the film funny because of how foul mouthed and horrible they were. This is one you should watch with your friends because you can either laugh at it as a good film, or laugh it because of how bad it is. It is surprisingly short too, with a runtime of only 80 minutes, but I don’t think I would want to watch any more than that for this film. Overall Cabin Boy is a wacky fantasy comedy that lacks in real character qualities, but still remains a foolish adventure enough to keep your attention.



Funny quotes from the film:



Skunk: “We thought you might get hungry so we brought you a stick of gum”

Paps: “Don’t chew it all in one place Shit for Brains *Laughs*”
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Trina: “And secondly, don't ever call me missy again or you'll end up losing the rest of your teeth." 

Paps: "Sassy little thang ain't she? Want me to give her a SPANKING? "

Skunk: "Why doesn't she give ME a spanking?"
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Cupcake: "Now I know what you're thinking. "What could be stranger than a big fat-ass floatin' cupcake?" Heh. How about one that spits tobacco?"
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Nathaniel: "Paps, you've been like the drunken, abusive grandfather I never had."
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Paps: "Okay, you icy bastard, how about a hot cup-a joe!"

My Rating: 5.5/10

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm I have never even heard of this, which surprises me. Great review! Looks interesting

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