Get ready for over-the-top hilarity when comedy original Chris Elliott (THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, SCARY MOVIE 2) goes overboard in this hysterical high-seas misadventure that's sure to keep everyone laughing! Elliott s... more »tars as Nathanial Mayweather, a spoiled rich kid whose plans for a ritzy Hawaiian cruise backfire, finding him lost at sea with a gang of salty old sailors. And when his crusty cabin mates get a whiff of his highfalutin attitude, they give him every rotten chore on the boat -- and take him on the wackiest adventure yet to sail the Seven Seas! Chart a course for fun with CABIN BOY -- a truly wild comedy!« less
David A. (DavidA) from OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Reviewed on 5/17/2012...
This is a Great Fantasy-Comedy.It is Wild,Whacky and Way-Out.I liked the Mermaids and Shark-Man.
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Are you drunk or something?
J. G. Burtch | Halifax, NS, Canada | 03/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Honestly... the older I get, and the more views I give this flick... the funnier it gets. I've been fan of Elliott's since "Get A Life" and by the time I saw this film, any hope of anyone even knowing who he was, was long gone. But it didn't matter. I struggled through my first viewing thinking, "wow, this movie sucks hard," but for some reason still decided to watch it again. That's Elliott's charm/magic... you don't really get him, sometimes he even annoys you, but you just wanna give him another go. So... 5, 6, 14 viewings later... I get it! I get it every time now! I get a little more each and every time now! Honestly... even my girlfiend didn't want to like this and she was howling! It's about the subtleties... a funny glance, a funny dance, a flying, talking cupcake, or more than likely, a really good one-liner. Anyway... I'm rambling... watch this movie 2-3 times then enjoy!"
The Hidden Value of Cabin Boy!
Mike D. | 12/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time you watch this movie, you'll probably agree that it is pretty dumb, and from first glance seems like its only intent is cheap laughs and one-liners. When I first saw it, that's pretty much how I pictured it as well. It really didn't seem to have much depth besides the occasional imperceptive joke. Then, I watched it again and the entire point started to slowly unfold. The comedy of this movie is not found in jokes or funny scenes (though these do add to it), but in the plot and characters themselves. This is probably the single biggest reason people consider this movie useless; they don't see past the jokes. The real humor lies in the main character Nathaniel's personality and lifestyle. Nathaniel Mayweather is a resident at the finishing school for young gentlemen, where he puts everyone around him in a terrible mood on a daily basis and yet is able to keep his feminine "Fancy Lad" qualities and gentleman like lifestyle, i.e. powdering his bottom and listening to his dancing ballerina music box before he goes to bed. Ok, I would agree that it does sound pretty childish and immature. But the way it is acted out and all of the subtle things Chris Elliott does to pull it off make it awesome, and even after watching it many times I always find new things that he does that just crack me up. With this kind of comedy, you either get it or you don't. It's as simple as that. So, to put my theories into action, I had my brother watch the movie and tell me what he thought about it. John, it's pretty safe to say, is not big into stupidity. The first time he saw it, he had a look of pure disgust on his face. As I said before, the jokes and "obvious comedy" about it are pretty dumb. So, later that month, I made him watch it with me again, this time pointing out some of the subtleties that I thought made it great. This time, I noticed a few more laughs than before, and even a couple impressions from the last time he saw it. By the third viewing, he was all over it. To get my brother to enjoy something that has no value or just bad jokes is almost impossible, and by getting him to look past that aspect of it and see into it more, he found a very laudable experience to be had and enjoys watching it to this day. So, in conclusion, if you're interested in trying to explore a new depth of comedy, this is really a great movie to try. Just make sure you watch it more than once. If you don't, you're in for a terrible surprise... "
Earl Hofert as the Guy Selling Stuffed Monkeys
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 08/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chris Elliott first gained national recognition as a writer and featured player on "Late Night with David Letterman". He parlayed his success there with the cult series "Get A Life" playing a thirty year old paperboy. Though the series had a loyal following it was usually dead last in the ratings. To this day Elliott is still playing the man-child most recently with a recurring role on the now defunct "Everybody Loves Raymond". The question to be asked is how did Elliott land a starring role in a film with a decidedly offbeat premise? Well, it helps if one of the producers of said project is Tim Burton coming of the success of the "Batman" films and "Edward Scissorhands". So what can you say about "Cabin Boy" itself? I think your enjoyment of the film depends on your threshold for Elliott's askewed persona. As far as I'm concerned how can you dislike a film that contains sharkmen, menacing human icebergs, and eight-armed women who initiate green cabin boys into the rites of manhood? The film had me hooked."
"The Odyssey" on "Ecstasy"
D. Hartley | Seattle, WA USA | 03/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This twisted little adventure tale is either a full-sail comedy classic or a rudderless shipwreck, depending on your opinion of star Chris Elliott, the only true heir to the late Andy Kaufman. Like Kaufman before him, Elliott's comedic ouvre is something you "get", or you don't (before I am accused of being a snob, let me freely admit that there are comedians I don't "get": Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler and George W. Bush). The man who gave us "FDR: The One-Man Show" embarks on a rollicking voyage through a sea of Irony when his "fancy lad" books passage on the barely seaworthy "Filthy Whore". Brian Doyle-Murray (who played Elliott's crusty landlord on his short-lived Fox TV series) is memorable as the fishing boat's captain. Great cameos by "Tumblin'" Russ Tamblyn (as a Mer-Man!) and Ann Magnuson as the sex-starved, multi-limbed wife of a cranky ogre. Crew member Brion James (who you may recognize as one of the replicants in "Blade Runner") gets to deliver the movie's best line: "Oh-purple lightning. THAT'S always a good sign." Don't throw this one back!"