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BOAT TRIP

Two horny but clueless buddies book onto a cruise ship where, at long last, they experience the thrill of being sexual magnets. If only someone had told them that all the other cruisers were gay men.

CAST: Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Roselyn Sanchez, Vivica A. Fox, Maurice Godin, Roger Moore

DIRECTOR: Mort Nathan

"I thought Cuba Gooding Jr. couldn't blow his Oscar cred more profligately than he did last year in the pandering black-guy-lost-among-white-folks comedy ‘Snow Dogs.’ I was wrong. In the titanically bad straight-guy-lost-among homosexual-folks comedy ‘Boat Trip,’ Gooding plays Jerry, a glum galoot recently dumped by his girlfriend (Vivica A. Fox) who realizes only after the boat has sailed that the recuperative cruise he's embarked on with his boorish, skirt-chasing buddy Nick (Horatio Sanz) is for gay men. And had the ghost of Paul Lynde swanned by in a caftan-clad cameo, you couldn't find a more outdated, miscalculated collection of stale, queen-size stereotypes than those trotted out on this ship of fools." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"This latest ‘get Cuba Gooding Jr. career counseling fast’ project is a misfire from beginning to end…‘Boat Trip’ goes down faster than the Titanic and is far more deserving of its fate…The legend ‘A Mort Nathan Film’ got one of the biggest laughs at the depressed screening I attended…the foreign film Oscar nominee from the Netherlands will enjoy bigger box-office returns than this picture." --Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz play fish out of water in ‘Boat Trip,’ a smutty, imbecilic farce about hapless heteros who mistakenly book a gay cruise. The trouble with fish out of water, as the stars demonstrate, is that they soon begin to stink…it's time many of the movie's more offensive gags--many involving fellatio-- went back into the closet...Gooding, whose career has foundered since he won an Oscar for ‘Jerry Maguire,’ might as well have walked the plank when he signed up for this misadventure. The actor does clearly outclass the gross material, which calls on him to vomit on his girlfriend, do a little dirty dancing in his G-string and . . . well, never mind." --Rita Kempley, The Washington Post

"‘Boat Trip’ imagines what might happen when two straight guys looking for romance find themselves booked on a 10-day gay cruise in the Mediterranean. The result is hilarious because Cuba Gooding Jr. and ‘Saturday Night Live's’ rotund Horatio Sanz play the straights and because writer-director Mort Nathan and his co-writer William Bigelow take an affectionate tone while working up lots of outrageous and raunchy dialogue and situations…in its frenetic, good-natured way, ‘Boat Trip’ is a trip. --Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times

"With the stench of the wretched ‘Snow Dogs’ still hanging in the air, the likable Cuba Gooding Jr. really needs to have a quiet word to his agent for letting him go anywhere near this sketchy, thankless role." --Megan Lehmann, The New York Post

"‘Boat Trip’ hauls a cargo of contrivances and stereotypes but serves a small ration of laughs. The few guffaws are expressions of shock at some Farrelly-flavored gross-outs… Gooding gets to showcase his hard buns and pop-eyed exuberance in a Carmen Miranda dance number, and Sanchez gets to showcase her skill with a banana in a late-night bonding session with the presumably gay dancer. Although it deliberately tries to go overboard, ‘Boat Trip’ ends up sinking." --Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch