Drunkboat (2012)


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Drunkboat tells the story of a young teenager, Abe (Jacob Zachar) who manipulates the unsuspecting help of his alcoholic uncle (John Malkovich) to buy a boat (a Drunkboat) from a con man (John Goodman) when his mother (Dana Delaney) is out of town. The story resonates with the struggle of Uncle Mort, making the story much deeper than a simple tale of a boy and his boat. Both the uncle and Abe come of age in the story. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Drunkboat

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

"Drunkboat" might have come off via nothing more than acting ability and a good heart, if the dialogue didn't amount mostly to aimless chit-chat.

Jul 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The burnished smear of Lisa Rinzler's photography is a plus, but "Drunkboat" is ultimately the kind of pet project that never traverses from personal to powerful.

Jul 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Though studied and grating at times, "Drunkboat" does sustain a distinct, odd tone. Like its characters it's dreamily restless and prey to its own quixotic ideas.

Jul 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This enigmatic coming-of-age movie often seems destined to sail off the deep end. Yet it rights itself just often enough to keep you watching.

Jul 12, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4

[An] incoherent drama.

Jul 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Not even Malkovich could save such a leaky film, one that never stays afloat long enough to maintain an adequate focus on the family issues it raises.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Drunkboat


Unfortunately, spectacular acting by John Malkovich can't save this film from itself and its hackneyed plot; there are some great moments but as a whole, it just didn't hold my interest, and I couldn't invest in the adolescent protagonist or his mother. No stakes - a wasted performance.

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