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Drunkboat (2010)

John Goodman , John Malkovich , Bob Meyer  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Goodman, John Malkovich, Dana Delany, Brian Deneen, Rae Gray
  • Directors: Bob Meyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008G33N3E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A coming-of-age film based on writer/director, Bob Meyer's life in Chicago. DRUNKBOAT tells the story of a young teenager, Abe (Jacob Zachar) who manipulates the unsuspecting help of his alcoholic uncle (John Malkovich) to buy a boat from a con man named Mr. Fletcher (John Goodman) when his mother Eileen (Dana Delany) is out of town. The story resonates with the struggle of Uncle Mort, making the story much deeper than a simple tale of a boy and his boat. Both the uncle and Abe come of age in the story. Based on Bob Meyer's original play.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing considering the Actors December 10, 2012
By BD King
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We kept waiting for something to happen in this movie and for it to become interesting. Although it took an effort to continue watching it, we didn't want to waste the $3.99 rental fee. So we kept waiting, and waiting. And Waiting. When the movie was over and we watched the credits roll, we realized it was never going to get interesting.

After consideration, I still wonder what was the point, and why would anyone agree to fund a movie with this storyline. There are so many more worthy stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life composites for review! November 10, 2012
Loved the movie, and so pleased that I did not read reviews prior to watching! If you are looking for James Bond action/thrills entertainment, go elsewhere! Drunkboat provides peeks into lives whose stories, choices, and yearnings are a composite part, indeed, of what makes the world go round! Thought provoking, this movie ably set a tone that was consistent and superbly portrayed by the actors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drunkboat October 30, 2012
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Drunkboat I loved the film. Critics in general didn't like it because it's a feel good film with great actors that relates a simple family story about growing up. The dialogue is wonderfully Mamet-like and makes the film move slowly, carefully and lovingly. Well done!
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Bob Meyer's indie "Drunkboat" is a bit of an oddity. It's a small film, despite the prominent names in the cast, and so it has modest intentions. If you're looking for lots of action or major plot developments, the slight nature of this story may disappoint. Lazy and meandering, it has an easy charm that I didn't expect. Truthfully, as the movie began, I didn't hold out much hope that I would enjoy the experience. The screenplay veered towards preciousness and too much quirk, but straddled the line effectively without falling over it. And in the end, the picture won me over with that restraint. In simplest terms, "Drunkboat" details the intersection of three distinct characters. Primarily a coming-of-age story for the appealing Jacob Zachar, the film also features John Goodman as a huckster just looking to unload a dilapidated boat and John Malkovich as a troubled alcoholic yearning for a new beginning. The three seem to inhabit separate movies, but Meyer (adapting his own play) brings them together for maximum tragic-comic effect.

Zachar is really the centerpiece to the story. Living with his mother (an underutilized Dana Delaney), he yearns for escape to an exotic world of travel. With dreams of sailing the seas, he and his closest friend concoct a plan to buy a boat. Enter John Goodman who has just the item in question. A consummate salesman, and a bit of a sleaze, Goodman will say or do anything to sell his worn out vessel. Malkovich plays Zachar's estranged uncle, struggling for redemption and sobriety, who will be used as an adult presence to seal the contractual deal. Each character is playing every other character to some extent and it's not always pleasant.
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2.0 out of 5 stars THEY FILMED THIS DOWN THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE July 10, 2014
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That's right, they filmed this catastrophe down the street from my house. No joke. 6 houses away. Right here in Morton Grove, IL (Harrison Ford is from here...just saying)

I was driving home and saw a bunch of lights and people standing around. I thought Close Encounters was finally happening. So me and a few friends headed towards this mothership only to find it was not a mothership but a film crew and a different kind of ship...a Drunkboat.

We asked what was going on. Some guy, who I like to assume was the gaffer, key grip or best boy (whatever that hell that is) told us they were shooting a movie. The crew and director were cool though. They said we could hang around as long as we wanted and watch them film just keep quiet and don't be in the shot. We then stood there for an hour watching the one and only John Malkovich walk around carrying 2 chickens they purchased from the Produce World down the street from me, delivering lines and -dare I say it- BEING JOHN MALKOVICH!

Mind you this was late at night. Like midnight and after. They finished for the day and started to put stuff away so we asked who else was in the movie and the title of it. They told us John Goodman and Drunkboat. So we left thinking, "Damn both those guys in a movie? And a boat? I don't know wtf was going on there but it'll probably be good."

And we never heard anything again...UNTIL 2012. Oh BTW the filming was done in 2006.

Yes 6 long years later, recently let go from my job with nothing to do, flipping through amazon instant video one night and what do I come across? This. Finally, this direct to DVD "masterpiece" was only $3.99 away from being streamed on my ps3 to my 52 inch screen of visual splendor. I couldn't believe it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, Still Worth a Watch May 28, 2013
Uneven performances with a story that makes you go meh at times. However, if you are a John Goodman fan it's worth it to watch it just for him. He shines as a scumbag in this film, and you could tell he relished the role. It's also great to watch him act circles around Jim Ortlieb who is his business partner in the film.
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