The Real Cancun

on April 25, 2003 by Paul Clinton
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The booze-fueled adventures of 16 sex-starved teenagers on spring break in Mexico should offer more debauched fun than it does in “The Real Cancun,” a hopelessly, shallow “reality” movie.

Producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray (who gave us MTV's “The Real World”) have been laying claim that “Real Cancun” is the first “reality” movie. One could argue that it's similar in style to “Mondo Cane,” the 1963 exploitation documentary. In both cases, button-pushing substitutes for story telling. Probably more accurately, “Real Cancun” is “Temptation Island” with drinking, nudity and foul language added for effect. In either case, this and other “reality” entertainment works best on a smaller screen with more than 90 minutes to develop subplots.Of the 16 teens, the repressed Alan gives the movie its best shot at intrigue when he declares, early on, “I don't drink.” It's only a matter of time before Alan, who attends Texas Tech, is slurping tequila out of women's navels and strapping on a skimpy tangerine-colored swimsuit for a hot-body contest.

We get glimpses of the others. Paul works to bed Sky; friends David and Heidi wonder if they could be more; Jorrell tosses out wisecracks; bratty Matt tries to pry reluctant Sarah away from a distant boyfriend; and male model Casey goofs around, mostly with Jeremy. The others stay at the fringe of the action.A handful of musical acts--including Snoop Dogg, Simple Plan and Hot Action Cop--pop in to give the movie a hip veneer. Of the movie's some 26 songs, best of all are David's joke-folk renditions on his acoustic guitar of “Back in the Eighties” and “The STD Song.”. Starring Amber, Brittany, Heidi, Laura, Nicole, Roxanne, Sarah, Sky, Alan, Casey, David, Fletch, Jeremy, Jorell, Matt and Paul. Directed by Rick de Oliveira. Produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray, Jamie Schutz and Rick de Oliveira. A New Line release. Documentary. Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity, language and partying. Running time: 96 min

Tags: Amber, Brittany, Heidi, Laura, Nicole, Roxanne, Sarah, Sky, Alan, Casey, David, Fletch, Jeremy, Jorell, Matt and Paul. Directed by Rick de Oliveira. Produced by Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray, Jamie Schutz and Rick de Oliveira. A New Line release. Documentary
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