April 26, 2003

On The Real The Real Cancun

The Only Real Cancun picture I could include, knowing my wife and mother read this site, image:therealcancun.com
"Who wants to star in The Real Cancun 2?" image: therealcancun.com

As a maker of documentary-looking films, I was a reluctant fan of New Line's The Real Cancun once I figured out what it was. Now that I've read Joel Stein's hi-larious review in New Line's corporate sibling pub, Time, I'm now a fan of entertainment synergy, too. The real Real Cancun sounds even better than the film itself:
...[the film's 16 thrown-together non-actors] indirectly deliver the requisite moral lesson of a teen comedy: casual sex, even for loutish frat boys, is a pain. "In our house, the girls got all hurt if we brought another girl home," says Matt, 20, an Arizona State student. "They acted like we were a big family, but we'd only known each other for a few days."
...
"There were things that the producers told me I couldn't do," says Casey, 25, a Miami model. "There was one point where I hooked up with Trishelle from The Real World Las Vegas [who was there for MTV], and the producer said I wasn't allowed to hang out with her because she's under contract for other things."

And unlike documentarians, the producers, who have to work with MTV in their day jobs, felt it prudent to edit out the more controversial scenes, such as the one in which the twins have an angry, cursing fight with rapper Snoop Dogg in his post-concert trailer after, they say, he tried to get amorous with them...says twin Nicole, "Celebs like him are just average normal people. But he's more of a slut than the average person"
...
"I'd rather be known for this instead of being smart or something," says [other twin, Roxanne]. "There's a million people who are smart. There's only 16 of us who were in Cancun together."

Maybe this year, Roxanne. [Even Lawrence Van Der Gelder's entirely point-missing NYT review is entertaining.]

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