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Cabin Boy

1994
Comedy
1h 20m
Snobby school boy goes left, and mistakes the "Filthy Whore" for his millionaire dad's yacht. He joins four filthy fishermen for hijinx on the high seas. (imdb)
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Cabin Boy

1994
Comedy
1h 20m
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Rated 16 Aug 2019
58
48th
Tim Burton called up Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick to make him a sort-of "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"(1985) for the 90's, but then he left the project to direct "Ed Wood"(1994), leaving Resnick and Elliot to attempt to make their version of a Tim Burton movie. The end result was Elliot starring as the not-Pee-wee "fancy lad" and Resnick making his directorial debut, which made the final film this kind of wonky, oddly mesmerizing, quirky comedy, that isn't nearly as bad as its reputation persists.
Rated 26 Feb 2020
65
71st
Fun family movie reminiscent of Ray Harryhausen fantasy films. I don't get the hate. Having Melora Walters show up breathes new life to the plot. Yeah, Chris Elliott plays a moron but how many other actors have made a career out of playing clueless buffoons? Fav scene: revealing the giant.
Rated 18 Jul 2009
30
7th
Whenever I'm trying to remember Chris Elliott's name, I cite this movie but no one ever knows what I'm talking about.
Rated 03 Dec 2013
60
34th
This was made by someone with a brain tumor. ITS SO NUTTY.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
70
15th
Letterman redeems with, "Hey! You wanna buy a monkey?"
Rated 19 Dec 2007
43
22nd
Truly bizarre comedy that has its moments. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.
Rated 21 Mar 2012
20
8th
I love finding critically-panned films that are actually fun to watch. Unfortunately, this fact is not relevant to this review.
Rated 04 Jan 2013
34
2nd
Tedious bore. There does come a point where Elliot's annoyingness stops being an issue, but it only highlights how the fim's real problem is the complete lack of actual comedy, or anything else of worth.
Rated 20 Dec 2018
1
11th
Adam Resnick is one of the absolute worst writers. How he manages to get so many talented people to work on his projects is a mystery to me. I wanted to like this film, but it never stood a chance.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
25
6th
[Chris Elliott]'s spoof of a young seaman's apprenticeship seems desperate as he piles special effects willy-nilly atop jibes at stupid old salts.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
80
78th
Anarchic comedies have been so rare in the last few decades, that when one shows up, no one really knows what to make of it. I love Cabin Boy, I thought each scene was funny as hell, and it doesn't bother me that the plot exists only as an excuse.
Rated 17 Jan 2011
60
3rd
Stupid, but ultimately funny
Rated 13 Feb 2011
45
18th
For some reason I remember this being kind of funny but I might not be remembering correctly
Rated 03 Nov 2015
38
10th
Considering the esteem afforded both Resnick and Elliott among alternative comedy fans, particularly as a team, I wasn't expecting this to be quite as bad as it was, even if I have to admit that it has a certain imbecilic charm. While Get a Life felt genuinely subversive and was relentlessly antagonistic to the status quo, Cabin Boy hits familiar narrative beats as if against its will, tempered with silliness that doesn't really amount to more than a stoner's flight of fancy.
Rated 16 Apr 2017
65
52nd
I probably would have hated it in 1994
Rated 25 Sep 2010
54
18th
So strange. Idiotic but something about kept me riveted. I love that David Letterman used one line of his from this film as an entire skit at a completely confusing Oscars.
Rated 09 Aug 2019
80
37th
Viewed August 8, 2019. How many other comedies can say they look like Querelle and the 1940 version of The Thief of Bagdad? It's really something.
Rated 20 Dec 2020
25
22nd
It's a bit like Altman's Popeye, a film I almost want to go to bat for but just can't. Even when Ann Magnuson shows up as a six-armed love goddess.
Rated 07 Mar 2021
44
11th
https://esperwatchesfilms.tumblr.com/post/645039417501810688/cabin-boy-1994
Rated 07 Feb 2024
83
48th
I remember enjoying it, probably because of its surrealistic aspects. That doesn't really make it something anybody else in their right mind would like, though.
Rated 30 Apr 2024
56
15th
“Would you like to buy a monkey?” Somewhat like FREDDY GOT FINGERED, this exists in its own little oasis of iconoclastic individualism, but if you don’t understand or connect with the joke, it makes it a bit tough going, though the moxie is something to be admired. Thankfully Elliott and Resnick have attracted a fine comedy cast to almost pick this up for non-believers – Gammon is just about perfect as a crusty old sea dog, and Doyle-Murray and James are always great fun to have around.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
70
61st
dumb dumb dumb. but likeable
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
70th
Funny! Just a silly movie from an underrated comedian.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
4th
Moderately funny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
24th
I laughed, what more can I say?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
45th
A giant muffin that spits tobacco in your face!
Rated 24 Aug 2007
85
73rd
Dave Letterman with the monkey? Genius!
Rated 28 Aug 2007
75
25th
I love Chris Elliot's absurdist humor and I believe he did well with this one. Though not as good as his TV appearances.
Rated 10 Jan 2008
70
66th
Fucking bizarre and enjoyable as hell.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
62
25th
Its a typical Chris Elliott movie. He's hysterical, but the movie is a little stupid.
Rated 03 Dec 2010
50
11th
When the 2nd lead is Brian Doyle Murray, you know it's c-l-a-s-s.
Rated 09 Nov 2008
65
19th
The best joke is his boats name.
Rated 07 Dec 2008
5
0th
I. Hate. Chris. Elliott. He should not have a career. We should not know his name. He should be flipping burgers in Sheboygan. In short, do not destroy any brain cells exposing yourself to this garbage.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
35
37th
David Letterman at his best.
Rated 23 Dec 2009
71
73rd
Nobody seems to like this oddball mix of _Captains Courageous_ and a Ray Harryhausen fantasy-adventure but I think it's pretty damn funny. Of course, I also loved Elliott's short-lived TV series "Get A Life", so maybe that helps.
Rated 22 Jan 2010
27
6th
Horrible, stupid, obnoxious movie. The Harryhausen homages are cute, but Chris Elliott is far too annoying for me to care.
Rated 04 Sep 2010
55
7th
I don't remember this movie at all... but I know I saw it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
1st
Absolute poop.
Rated 27 Sep 2010
40
14th
A typical comedic movie where I DID laugh a decent amount of times, but I'll be damned if it wasn't stupid as hell.

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