Parents' Guide to

Cabin Boy

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Weird comedy-fantasy cult classic with language, innuendo.

Movie PG-13 1994 80 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

A funny comedy that kids will not understand

Parents need to know that there is some language, a few sexual references (many will go right over kids' heads) and some farcial violence. The movie does however have a positive message. Best suited for 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This universally loathed flop may have the makings of a cult classic, although at the moment it's more of a guilty pleasure; no one wants to admit that they like it. Star and co-writer Chris Elliott had come from Saturday Night Live and David Letterman as well as his own short-lived cult TV show Get a Life, but nothing could have prepared audiences for this weird, fantastical adventure with strange visuals and off-kilter rhythms. (Tim Burton was a producer and it definitely seems to have his touch.)

Elliott plays a distinctly unlikable character, although none of the other characters have much in the way of redeeming qualities either. Yet, this deliberately provocative approach has its benefits. The humor is so decidedly weird and unexpected that open-minded viewers may find themselves amused at any given moment. It might help if you were already aware of Elliott's deliberately annoying comic persona, or if you were a fan of cult actors like Brion James, James Gammon, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Russ Tamblyn.

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