'Boat Trip' dead in water
The short review of "Boat
Trip": Don't take it.
Drop an anvil out an airplane
at 23,000 feet and you have the approximate trajectory of
onetime Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career now that he
has made "Boat Trip." You thought it was weird when
Cuba showed up in "Snow Dogs?"
"Snow Dogs" was "Dr. Zhivago" compared
to "Boat Trip."
This is a movie that starts out
with Gooding throwing up on his girlfriend (Vivica A. Fox)
as he proposes marriage to her. And that's one of the more
"Boat Trip" is about
two straight guys (Gooding and "Saturday Night Live" chunk boy Horatio Sanz) who get booked on a cruise ship that's
exclusively for gay people, which isn't necessarily a bad
premise. But director and writer Mort Nathan turns it into
a nonstop parade of gay stereotypes and raunchy sex jokes
that are offensive and not funny.
Oh, sure, he stops every once
in a while to marvel at how these gay people seem almost normal,
but he then reverts to tittering about guys in thongs or hair
rollers, or singing "I Will Survive." To up the
cheap sex-joke quotient, Nathan drops a team of bikini-wearing
(and baring) Swedish babes onto the boat so he can focus on
bouncing breasts as well as guys in bareback jeans and leather
Somewhere in all this Roger Moore
appears as a lecherous old fellow with designs on our straight
characters. What, he needed the money? 007, how could you?
Comedies that look at the differences and similarities between
straights and gays can be both hilarious and enlightening
("The Birdcage" being an obvious example), but "Boat
Trip" is neither. Instead it manages to be insulting
to both men and women, straight and gay, and its entire cast
and crew should be ashamed.
Cuba Gooding Jr. achieved fame
by shouting "Show me the money." Obviously he wasn't
Rated R for strong sexual content,
language and some drug material