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Real Cancun, The Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 July 2003

The Real Cancun

New Line Home Entertainment
MPAA rating: R
starring: A bunch of college kids.
release year: 2003
film rating: Two Stars
sound/picture: Three and a Half Stars
reviewed by: Paul Lingas

For those who enjoy watching MTV’s “The Real World,” this is a condensed, racier and somewhat more ridiculously funny version of the long-running, documentary-style show. MTV’s “Spring Break” fans will also find this entertaining, as it gives the behind the scenes version of what happens after all of those wet t-shirt contests that Carson Daly and others have hosted over the years. If you haven’t happened to have ever seen or heard of MTV but like movies that have no plot or point except to show a bunch of good-looking college kids in bathing suits drinking in Mexico, and I know there are a lot of you, then this is also for you.

The plot, if one could call it that, revolves around about 10 different college-age students who go to Cancun for spring break and live in a ridiculously nice house where they make their base for a week of drinking, dancing, beach-going, sex, and general mayhem. As usually happens with MTV’s “The Real World,” certain characters get focused on and others are left out. There’s one guy who is seen only once in the film and then he reappears in the special features. One wonders either where he was or what he was doing that proved so unappealing to the editors.

The cast includes the usual assortment of ne’er-do-wells: two jocks, the shy quiet guy who doesn’t drink (or does he?), the kinky Nebraska girl, twins who have a habit of taking their tops off, etc. Also tagging along are the inner-house hookups, the forbidden love, the jealous argument, the night-cam under-the-sheets sex, and an appearance by Snoop Dogg. It’s a lot of fun to watch unless you decide to take it seriously. As someone I know said, it’s a guilty pleasure.

The special features are pretty good, though there could be more of them to help make this a more worthwhile purchase. The cast insights portion is very funny after viewing the film, because it has interviews with many of the main people just before they left Cancun at the end of the week. They have many humorous anecdotes and it helps to wrap up everything that happened much more effectively than the end of the actual film does. The deleted scenes are all right, but the cast insights provide more information. The best part about the deleted scenes is that we get to hear the entire “STD Song” that one of the cast sings. Very funny.

The interviews before and after the premiere are essentially worthless, as they are shameless promotion of the film. The interviewer keeps asking the cast members if the film portrayed the week in a realistic fashion, an obvious reference to many past “Real World” members’ complaints that they were skewed in some way through coverage and editing of the final piece. Added to the fact that none of the people have anything very insightful or interesting to say, the Theatrical Premiere turns out to be a dud.

While there’s nothing particularly redeeming or cinematic about “The Real Cancun,” it’s a fun 97-minute romp that can go on your DVD shelf right between your “South Park” and “Jackass” DVDs, filed under “Ridiculous and Funny.”

more details
sound format:
Dolby 5.1
aspect ratio(s):
Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio
special features: Deleted Scenes, Cast Insights, Highlights from the Theatrical Premiere, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spots, DVD-ROM Features
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reference system
DVD player: Panasonic DVD-XP50
receiver: Denon AVR-3802
main speakers: Polk RT 600i
center speaker: Polk CS 400i
rear speakers: Polk S4
monitor: 43" Sony KP-43HT20

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