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The Real Cancun

The Real Cancun (2003)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 57

The footage is predictable and rather tame, and most of the people are uninteresting.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 17

The footage is predictable and rather tame, and most of the people are uninteresting.



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Following the style of the reality-based programming on the FOX network, The Real Cancun is a feature-length effort to capture R-rated footage of a group of upper middle-class college students on spring break in Cancun, Mexico. Made by the Bunim/Murray production team (responsible for MTV's The Real World) and released in the vulgar wake of Jackass: The Movie, this 90-minute movie features 16 conventionally attractive 18- to 23-year-olds coming from different colleges across the country and

Jul 1, 2003


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Hardly qualifies as a movie.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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No matter how 'real' things appear, scenarios and story arcs are relentlessly imposed upon the partay-cipants so as to finesse a narrative as crudely overdetermined and howlingly predictable as any studio-manufactured fiction.

May 1, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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... I found it fascinating.

April 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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This is the kind of fare that would be at home on late night cable, where its repetitiveness and mindlessness might offer channel surfers a cure for insomnia.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Terrible, explicit movie -- beware!

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

True exploitation filmmaking. Watching it is getting fleeced.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

It's not quite the end of civilization as we know it, but it's not a good sign.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

As if we needed feature length versions of MTV's "The Real World," served up this weekend is two hours of Cancun hysteria. Is it real? Yup - real dumb.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

It's a document of the decline of Western civilization, and no, it's not because everyone in it drinks, has sex, and parties but because when asked if someone could film it, they said yes.

September 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Perversely, disturbingly entertaining, and as much of a glimpse into the dark depths of human nature as a Dostoevsky novel.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

With a strangely irritating editorial sensibility, the filmmakers work desperately at juicing up a narrative, but mostly meet with failure.

July 30, 2003
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Never has the word "real" been used in a more liberal way, because this reality movie seems to have a tighter script than American Pie - or at least one cloned from it.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

"Girls Gone Wild" meets "The Real Wold" in miniature, with Snoop Dogg's seal of approval.

June 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With its shimmering cinematography, The Real Cancun is better at hiding the city's grimy exterior than at being fun to watch.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

Unfolds with the same simplicity as any multitude of teen films that are honest about being fiction.

June 3, 2003 Full Review

If you want a movie in which teenagers have a lot of sex, then rent a Larry Clark film. These "real" documentaries contain far less truth than Christopher Guest's "mock" documentaries.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs
Film Snobs

As Forrest Gump once intoned, stupid is as stupid does. Stupid does it up big in The Real Cancun.

May 9, 2003
Jam! Movies

Whether you see it as a more-raunchy The Real World or a toned-down Girls Gone Wild, the reality of this reality movie is it's nothing we haven't seen before.

May 9, 2003
Jam! Movies

A fascinating document about the hollowness of contemporary youth culture.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

The quick cuts, swooping aerial shots, and images of wet T-shirt contests don't change what this is - a bunch of self indulgent 20-year-olds massaging their egos on camera.

May 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...scene after scene of flirt, tease, posture, preen, rebuff. I've seen animal shows on Discovery that present their subject material with less clinical detachment.

May 5, 2003 Full Review Source:

While some may find the film off-putting like the other TV reality shows, the film itself is quite appealing and funny and should make a boatload of money from individuals who want to venture into someone else's world.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source:

A hopelessly, shallow 'reality' movie.

May 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Real Cancun

For some reason I actually wanted to watch this when it first came out. Now that I have watched it, I am glad I missed out on it for as long as I did. Should have kept it that way.
This has no real story at all except a bunch of teens getting drunk and acting like skanks (and I include the boys in that too, no sexism here!). Maybe I am just too darn old and showing it, but I could barely tell one from the other, they were all so tedious and interchangable. It is of no surprise to me at all that none of these people went on to bigger things.
November 11, 2010

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