seem to remember; somewhere a long time ago, hearing a
wild rumor that Cuba
Gooding, Jr. had won an Oscar for his acting. This is obviously insane.
The man responsible for
Instinct, Rat Race
was the best supporting actor of the year
any year? But for those of you
who thought his career had bottomed out in
Gooding plays a man who has broken up with his girlfriend (Viveca A. Fox)
and decides to ease his pain by taking a singles cruise with his wacky buddy
(Horatio Sanz of Saturday Night
Live). Through a series of
complications way too tedious to cover here, the friends mistakenly end
up on a cruise for gays. Sanz, of course, wants to jump ship, but Gooding falls for a gorgeous, saucy dance teacher (Roselyn Sanchez). The only problem is that she thinks hes gay. Cue
hilarious laughter, zany misadventures to ensue.
Okay, lets forget for a
second that the storyline was stolen from a rerun of
The Love Boat.
Well even overlook the fact that most of the jokes are homophobic,
sexist or both. Worse than predictability and bad taste is the fact that
is just not the least bit funny. When a film has to use the old gag where
Gooding falls fully dressed into a pool, you know the ideas are running on
fumes. When they do it FOUR times, its time to put the cast and the
audience out of its misery.
Gooding, who apparently
has never met a bad script that he didn't like, tries his best to inject some snap into
the ridiculous lines and situations, but he ends up overcompensating so
he looks silly. Sanz pulls off the not unimpressive trick of making the
late Chris Farley
his predecessor as
seem like he was subtle and restrained
in his comic technique. Sadly, Sanz is even less funny than Farley was, which
isnt exactly shooting for the moon, anyway. Fox is given a totally
irredeemable character as the girlfriend from hell
and she totally lives
down to the role.
Supporting players like Roger Moore and Maurice Godin
come out looking ridiculous playing gay stereotypes of
the aging sugar daddy and the flouncing drag queen. The only person who makes it out of this film
relatively unscathed is Sanchez, who is likable enough (and sexy enough,
frankly) that the audience might actually see another film that has her name
on the marquee. I doubt that can be said for any of the other stars of
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Posted: March 23, 2003.