Real Cancun Among Films of Decade

Idiots romp, drink as US bombs Baghdad in MTV flick
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2009 7:29 PM CST
Cast members Nicole, Casey, and Roxanne arrive at the premiere of 'The Real Cancun' at the Egyptian Theater on April 24, 2003, in Los Angeles.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) The Real Cancun, MTV’s “jaw-dropping spectacle of American youth gone preposterously idiotic” from 2003, may be a film about “spoiled, attractive young party animals” who “gather to do body shots, dance, and make out like horny banhees and banshees,” but it "is a disturbingly relevant historical document” nonetheless, writes Michael Tully. And “no, I’m not kidding,” adds Tully as he argues for its placement in Salon’s Films of the Decade canon.

“The fact that The Real Cancun was shot in only 10 days during March of 2003, concurrent with our country's invasion of Iraq, makes it one of the more unintentionally brilliant statements of hypocrisy of the decade,” he continues. “Most good movies have three or four moments that make you say, ‘Wow.’ By my count, The Real Cancun has 24.”

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