Cabin Boy

1994 PG-13 1h 20m DVD

Cabin Boy

1994 PG-13 1h 20m DVD
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Produced by Tim Burton, this slapstick sea voyage stars Chris Elliott as Nathaniel Mayweather, a pampered rich kid who, due to a mix-up, ends up on rusty old bucket instead of the luxury liner he was supposed to take to Hawaii.
Chris Elliott, Ritch Brinkley, James Gammon, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brion James, Melora Walters, I.M. Hobson, Alex Nevil, David H. Sterry, Bob Elliott, Jim Cummings, David Letterman, Ann Magnuson, Russ Tamblyn, Ricki Lake, Andy Richter
Adam Resnick
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this1994 comedy with fantasy touches contains fairly strong language, including many uses of "s--t" and one use of "f--k." There is some slapstick violence, as well as death. Characters think about sex often, although nothing is ever shown or mentioned outright (there's plenty of innuendo). Characters are also depicted as drunk, though rarely seen drinking, and characters smoke. The movie is a universally loathed flop, although in some quarters it may have the potential to be a cult classic; the humor is so off-kilter and weird that viewers with an open mind and/or a warped sense of humor will love it.

Sexual Content

Heavy sexual innuendo, but no nudity. The fishermen sing a song about getting their "pipes cleaned." The hero lusts after the main female character when she appears, swimming by in her bathing suit. He flirts with her and kisses her. In one sequence, the hero visits a mystical woman who "makes him a man" by "cleaning his pipes." Their actions are heavily inferred, but not shown or directly referenced.


Mild violence overall, though one character dies after falling overboard into the ocean, and there are humorous threats and attempts to kill the hero. The hero fights with a giant and stabs him with a pen. A woman punches the hero in the face. We get some other slapstick-type violence, such as characters getting bonked on the head. The movie also has some images that are potentially demeaning toward women, such as the hero riding, standing, on the main female character's back while she swims.


The movie is rated PG-13 and is thereby only allowed one use of "f--k," but language is very strong nonetheless. Words include many uses of "s--t," "bastard," "penis," "ass," "Goddamn," "hell," "pecker," "piss," "son of a bitch," "whore," and exclamatory references to "Christ." There are also several mentions of "clean my pipes," which is a sexual reference.

Social Behavior

The hero learns not to be selfish and learns how to belong to a family, although he eventually abandons his own father to do so. He overcomes challenges and triumphs over the odds. He rarely does anything with sincerity, however, and his smirky cynicism always comes through. The story comes out well, but it's not exactly a journey to be imitated.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The fishermen are rollicking drunks, though their antics are always played for humor, and the act of drinking is rarely shown. The captain smokes a nasty little cigar and a pipe. One character spits tobacco juice. The heroine smokes a cigarette in one scene.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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