Follow TV Tropes


Film / Cabin Boy

Go To

Cabin Boy is a 1994 fantasy comedy film co-produced by Tim Burton, directed by Adam Resnick, and starring Chris Elliott (Get a Life).

Needs a Better Description


  • Adorkable: What Calli thinks about Nathaniel after he attempts to answer her riddles with logic and the proper use of high society manners, as well as being the standard Upper-Class Twit.
  • Anachronism Stew: Nathaniel Mayweather is attending a boarding school that looks like it is out of 1800's Britain, complete with powdered wigs. A modern limousine exists, yet long distance travel is still by ocean liner. The Filthy Whore has antique fishing equipment yet also has a microwave thrown in randomly.
  • The Cabin Boy: A foppish "Fancy Lad" mistakenly boards a fishing boat ran by filthy, foul-mouthed sailors who make him their cabin boy.
  • The Cameo: David Letterman appears in one scene as the "Old Salt in the Fishing Village", credited under the pseudonym Earl Hofert (which was Letterman's maternal grandfather's name).
  • Advertisement:
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Chockie, who is said to be "half man, half shark".
  • Living Figurehead: The figurehead of the Filthy Whore is animate, rolling her eyes at one of Nathaniel's lame jokes, having a frightened expression when sailing into a storm, and growing a beard when they sail through Hell's Bucket.
  • Non Sequitur Environment: Hell's Bucket in a nutshell; when the crew go to sleep, the temperature is nearly tropical, and the next morning they're awakened by an iceberg crashing into their ship.
  • Ocean Madness: When Nathaniel is left on a raft alone he not only drinks the seawater but sees a tobacco spitting, foul mouthed floating cupcake.
  • Seadog Beard: Some impressive ones.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Nathaniel visiting Calli is this. He comes out of her cave with gusto.
  • Advertisement:
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Nathaniel starts out as one - he spends most of the first third of the movie as a self-centered snob who condescends to pretty much everyone he meets, so that any subsequent misfortune or humiliation he receives is seen as comeuppance. As he starts getting a bit of Character Development, the humor starts being more about his being a naive City Mouse instead.
  • Upper-Class Twit


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: