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"We must get together some time, go for a midnight swim, do whatever feels right...that is what a gay cruise is all about."
Lloyd Faversham

Boat Trip is a 2002 romantic comedy starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Vivica A. Fox, Roselyn Sánchez, and Roger Moore.

Jerry (Gooding), a recently dumped man, and his best friend Nick (Sanz) go on a singles cruise, but unknowingly end up on a gay cruise thanks to a spiteful travel agent (played by Will Ferrell in a cameo role). Hilarity Ensues.

This film provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Lloyd (Roger Moore's character), an elderly gay man and possible Chubby Chaser who takes a liking to Nick and won't take no for an answer.
    • Sonya (Lin Shaye), the brutish, nymphomaniac sun-tanning team coach who Nick encounters several times.
    • Surprisingly averted with Nick to Inga, perhaps out of desperation to find love on a boat full of gay men.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • "My name is Faversham. Lloyd Faversham." Delivered in the same way that the former James Bond actor would introduce himself in the 007 movies.
    • Nick wasn't the first guy to have sexual encounter with Lin Shaye.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Sonya sports a butch, trim haircut and demeanor to match. She eroticizes her team's bodies as "hot" and "luscious". Also, she smacks and gropes Inga's buttocks while reprimanding her. Later, however, she's immensely smitten with Nick after a particularly nasty run-in.
  • An Aesop: Always Be Yourself. As Hector puts it: "It's better to be true to yourself, than to lie to the world". Also, try actually interacting with someone rather than sticking to stereotypes or prejudices about them.
  • Becoming the Mask: Jerry's flamboyant speech and hand gestures while trying to assure Felicia that he is definitely not gay.
  • The Cameo: Will Ferrell as a travel agent who books Jerry and Nick on the gay cruise after Nick insults his co-worker and boyfriend, played by Artie Lange.
  • Camp Gay: Hector, full stop and, seemingly, most of the passengers and crewmembers.
  • Coming-Out Story: Subverted with Nick who became convinced he may actually be gay after thinking he slept with Ron when really they just both got drunk and fell asleep, nothing more.
  • Covers Always Lie: Where on the poster does it indicate anything regarding a gay cruise?
  • Erotic Eating: Gabriella uses a banana to show Jerry how she performs fellatio. He gets so aroused by the sight, he has a accident on his pants.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The Agony Booth's review points out this egregious Plot Hole:
    "In order to create a scenario where the audience knows more than the characters, the pair somehow fail to notice they’re boarding with hundreds of men, all dressed like the audience at a Cher concert. They also somehow manage to avoid reading the enormous banner draped on the gangplank announcing that this is a gay cruise. This also means they failed to read the manifest, their tickets, the itinerary, their confirmations, and the travel planner which they were issued."
  • Gay Bar Reveal: After Lloyd points out Jerry and Nick are on a gay cruise.
  • Gilligan Cut: "No one's gotta teach me how to be gay." Cut to Hector tutoring Jerry on Bette Midler and "I Will Survive."
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Nick tries this around the bikini models in order to get them to drop their guard (read: clothes) around him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Jerry seems to think that he can win over the ship's female dance instructor by... pretending to be a Camp Gay stereotype.
  • Insult Backfire: "Fuck your mother!" "Oh, yeah? Well, nobody'd want to fuck my mother 'cause she's too damn ugly!"
  • Intimate Lotion Application: Nick takes advantage of the fact he's been Mistaken for Gay to get close to the sexy Swedish models on the ship and convinces them to let him rub sunblock into their bare backs as they sunbathe topless on the deck.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: Jerry has this reaction after watching Gabriella demonstrate how she performs oral sex using a banana. Actually, he does it out a porthole...and onto some dude's faceinvoked.
  • Magical Queer: Nearly any gay character sharing a significant amount of screen time with our two straight leads including Hector, Lloyd, Steve, Ron, Perry, and Tom.
  • The Millstone: They end up on a gay cruise in the first place because Nick insulted the travel agent. He also makes it harder for Jerry to get closer to Gabriella because he's so homophobic and sex-starved.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When you and another guy are, literally, the only two straight men on a gay cruise.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Gabriella is often played for fanservice, having several scenes in states of undress and under Male Gaze.
    • The Swedish bikini models are entirely played for sex appeal. A Freeze-Frame Bonus shows at least five of the Swedish tanning models waving her bikini tops, baring their breasts when the team is adrift on a raft pleading for the ship's assistance.
  • Fetish: Lloyd loves being humiliated.
  • Oh, Crap!: Nick, when he finally figures out that they're on a gay cruise. And at the end, when he’s reunited with Sonya.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Lin Shaye’s attempt at a Swedish accent for Sonya is rather inconsistent as it varies between her scenes as very thick (most notably, at the end) and almost non-existent.
  • Precision F-Strike: Jerry after Gabriella drops her top in front of him: "Fuck Nick."
  • Replacement Goldfish: The ending shows Nick having traveled to Sweden to find Inga, only to learn from her family that she's gone away to Italy on a modeling assignment for a few months. Nick is then introduced to her equally attractive younger sister, Bridget.
  • Retired Badass: Lloyd used to serve in the Royal Air Force.
    "I am what you colonials like to call a 'badass motherfucker'."
  • Right Behind Me: Gabriella, when Jerry is explaining to Felicia how he was Mistaken for Gay. She doesn't take it well.
    Jerry: She's behind me, isn't she?
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Downplayed, since Nick isn't anybody's idea of a manly man, but Jerry is a lot more caring when it comes to women, whereas Nick is a sex-crazed horn-dog.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: Felicia gets a gratuitous fanservice moment when she opens her robe to flash her skimpy dress to her new boyfriend.
  • Sexy Scandinavian: Of course, the entire Swedish tanning team.
  • Sexy Surfacing Shot: Nick meets Inga, one of the bikini-clad Swedish girls while she climbs out of the pool in Slow Motion.
  • Spicy Latina: Gabriella, an attractive latina dance instructor with a spicy attitude who becomes Jerry's Love Interest.
  • Stealth Pun: Stealth Visual Puns:
    • Nick is seen at one point literally walking out of a closet.
    • The "cheese-flavored penises", get it? Dick cheese.
  • Straight Gay:
    • Nick's poker buddies Steven, Ron, and Perry. And, in a strange way, even Tom sorta counts despite the crossdressing.
    • Michael, the travel agent played by Will Ferrell, as well as his boyfriend Brian.
    • Lloyd, to an extent.
  • Tempting Fate: "How gay could a buffet be?" Cut to a buffet with large, phallic ice sculptures and water fountains.
  • Toplessness from the Back: When Gabriella undoes her bra in front of Jerry, the audience only see her from the back, while Jerry clearly sees her front.
  • Wall Bang Her: Jerry and Gabriella eventually have sex against a orange tree, causing them to be buried in a huge pile of oranges afterwards.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser:
    • Tom. There's not a single scene where he isn't in some form of drag.
    • Also, Hector in his introductory scene.