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  • Summary: An obnoxious finishing school snob (Elliott) en route to his father's hotel in Hawaii accidentally boards a fishing boat called the "Filthy Whore," with four grizzled, stinking fisherman.
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 7 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: David Mills
    Contains about enough laugh-out-loud sight gags and non sequiturs to justify what it demands of a viewer's time and money.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Greene
    Fans of unashamedly low-brow comedies may well be amused by the eccentricities of Cabin Boy, but more conventional viewers should probably beware.
  3. 50
    Chris Elliott is appallingly bad as the title character. Although his role cries out for an over-the- top performance, Elliott's grating personae cancels out any positive contributions he can offer in that area.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    The problem is that it doesn't find a lot of laughs in much of anything, referential or otherwise. [7 Jan 1994]
  5. 25
    [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. [14 Jan 1994]
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    All this is bizarre without being funny. [7 Jan 1994, p.C12]
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Obnoxious, snide and pointless , this ill-fated spoof carries the bonus of being as crude and gamy as the hold of an old fishing barge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. UrkoboldU
    Jul 29, 2008
    I struggle not to use all caps, as that is my fashion, but this movie is profoundly moving and appeals to me on a level that few films do. Everyone should watch it, although most will wish they hadn't. It's that good. Expand
  2. BobH.
    Apr 2, 2006
    Unless you understand the concept of the Paperboy2000 you won't get the drift of Chris Elliot movies.
  3. SteveJ.
    Mar 7, 2008
    "Cabin Boy" is a coming of age romp through the perils of 19th century travelogues. I enjoyed it, yessir, I enjoyed it.
  4. PhilA.
    Apr 6, 2006
    The only way this movie could be any worse is if it were any longer. I'll admit that I probably didn't "get it", as Chris Elliot's "comedic genius" totally escapes me. That being said, I can and do appreciate the comedic talents of just about EVERY OTHER comedian on the planet. So, if you are one of the special people who do actually "get" Mr. Elliot, by all means continue to subject yourself to his work. But for the other 99.99% of the population who are not troglodytes or have the humor coefficient of preadolescent Appalachia, for the love of all that is good, please keep it to yourself. Expand
  5. PrestonF.
    Jun 7, 2008
    Humor, like pornography is impossible to define, but I know it when I see it. This movie meets the classic definition of pornography: "a creative activity of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire." Except it doesn't stimulate any desires at all, except perhaps that of self-loathing and self-immolation for subjecting one-self to this multimedia abortion. There's 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back... I hate to break it to all the fan-boys in this section, but the emperor has no humor. Expand

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