All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise (2006)




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Entertainer Rosie O'Donnell, her wife, Kelli, and their children set sail for the Bahamas with 500 other gay, lesbian, and transgendered families in this television documentary. All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise goes behind the scenes of the 2004 inaugural voyage of R Family Vacations, a gay travel company founded by the O'Donnells. Interviews with a cross-section of passengers are interspersed with footage of on-ship entertainment (including Broadway-style musical numbers featuring O'Donnell) and on-shore demonstrations by anti-gay activists. The cruise's passengers include not only gay parents and their adopted and biological children, but also straight parents, siblings, and friends of gay passengers. O'Donnell says the goal in launching her company was to provide vacations with an atmosphere in which same-sex partners and their kids could feel welcome instead of scrutinized. Interview subjects recount tales of other, less queer-friendly vacations, while others give a peek at the realities of gay marriage and adoption. Several longtime couples celebrate weddings and commitment ceremonies, while others meet new friends and, in some cases, sperm donors and surrogate mothers. All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise premiered April 6, 2006, on HBO.
Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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All Critics (5)

...primarily comes off as a glorified home video...

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

A merry look at alternative families.

Full Review… | September 9, 2010
Common Sense Media

This might as well be surveillance footage from the cruise, for all the structure it's been given.

Full Review… | February 15, 2006

A documentary that tells you precisely what its about in the first five minutes and then tells you the same thing for the next 85 minutes straight over and over again.

Full Review… | February 2, 2006

So much time is spent showing happy scenes of kids frolicking with their same-sex parents, we barely scratch the surface.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Film Threat

With this documentary, director Cookson creates what amounts to a collage -- rather than a full portrait of her subjects.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise


This is just one of many movies that blows the GOP's assertion that were all bed jumping sluts who dont want or care about families.


Excellent doc - you feel a wonderful sense of inclusion - but also shows a little of the negative as well. Very compelling.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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Made me cry, so hard to watch what some people have to go through to live normal lives. Such an amazing documentary, really touched me!

Nicole Comer
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