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Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr, Horatio Sanz, Vivica A Fox, Roselyn Sanchez
Director: Mort Nathan

Jerry (Cuba Gooding Jr) proposes marriage to Felicia (Vivica A Fox) his long standing girlfriend but alas she turns him down and promptly dumps him for someone else. Nick (Horatio Sanz), Jerry’s best friend, decides to get his buddy back in the dating game by taking him on a Caribbean singles cruise. However Jerry and Nick get the shock of their lives when they discover that the cruise they are on is actually a male singles ‘homosexual’ cruise. Just as their situation begins to seem unbearable Jerry meets Gabriella (Roselyn Perez) the ship’s dance instructor. He falls head over heels in love with her but is only able to get close to her by pretending that he is gay! Nick meanwhile is trying to avoid the advances of Lloyd (Roger Moore) and concentrate instead on getting it on with Inga (Victoria Silvstedt), a member of the Swedish girls tanning team who were rescued by the ship.

Just as Jerry is finally winning over Gabriella the cruise enters choppy and tricky waters in the form of Felicia, who suddenly has a change of heart and is determined to get Jerry back. It’s not all plain sailing for Nick either who is still trying for Inga, while dodging her coach Sonja (Lin Shaye) and Lloyd. Ultimately Jerry has to choose between Felicia and Gabriella with help from Nick and some of his new acquaintances. With hilarious consequences he finally makes the right choice.

A natural in this role, Cuba Gooding Jr (SNOW DOGS, ZOOLANDER) excels handling the comedy and drama equally well, as does Horatio Sanz (THE NEW GUY, ROAD TRIP). Vivica A Fox once again gives an excellent performance as she did in TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME as the woman who knows what she’s worth and gets what she wants. Look out for the gorgeous Roselyn Perez and Victoria Silvstedt and the renowned Roger Moore a long way from his BOND and THE SAINT characters.

All in all this is a fun movie – an uncomplicated romantic comedy – no more no less, which director Mort Nathan keeps on an even keel with a nice set of gags and hilarious performances all the way to the end.

4 out of 6 stars