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Film / Captain Ron

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"Call me Cap'n Ron, Boss!"

Captain Ron is a 1992 comedy film directed by Thom Eberhardt, starring Kurt Russell and Martin Short.

The film opens with Chicago businessman Martin Harvey (Short), and his family (wife Katherine, daughter Caroline, and son Benjamin), finding out that they've just inherited a vintage yacht that once belonged to Clark Gable. Upon arriving in San Pomme-De-Terre to claim it, the Harveys realize they need to hire someone to help them sail it to Miami so they can sell it. Unfortunately, that 'someone' turns out to be the bumbling, mischievous, eyepatch-sporting rascal, Captain Ron (Russell). With his somewhat dubious nautical skills and excessively laid-back attitude, Captain Ron ends up taking the Harveys on a wild adventure around the Caribbean, and while he manages to charm the rest of the family along the way, he ends up causing some serious tension with Martin himself.


This film contains examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: In this case, the alleged boat. It's in extremely poor condition despite the fact it previously was owned by Clark Gable. Probably because it's been in storage for decades.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Both Captain Ron and The United States Coast Guard toward the end.
  • Bilingual Bonus: San Pomme-De-Terre translates to "Saint Potato" (a mix of Spanish and French), and the name of the pirates' ship, "Albondiga", is Spanish for "Meatball".
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Caroline. First, she’s getting engaged to her boyfriend when not even out of high school (said boyfriend is practically tailor-made to be her parents’ worst nightmare), then she’s sneaking off with every boy she meets on every island they visit, coming back from one such adventure with a tattoo. She’s also uninterested in pulling her weight on the boat.
  • Captain's Log: Martin starts a log of their adventures, but his jealousy of Captain Ron's easy charm with his family leads to it becoming just a book of complaints about everything Ron does. After Ron saves them from the pirates, Martin starts a new log which is much less crabby and notes that the previous log mysteriously got destroyed by the pirates.


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