The Real Cancun

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The Real Cancun
File:Real cancun poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rick de Oliveira
Produced by Rick de Oliveira
Written by Brian Caldirola
Music by
Edited by James Gavin Bedford
Distributed by New Line Cinema1
Release dates
  • April 25, 2003 (2003-04-25)
Running time
96 min
Language English
Budget $7.5 million
Box office $5,345,083

The Real Cancun is a 2003 American reality film released on April 25, 2003 in the U.S.

Inspired by the reality television genre, this film followed the lives of sixteen Americans from March 13–23, 2003 as they celebrated spring break in Cancún, Mexico and experienced romantic relationships, emotional strife, or just had a good time.[1]

The film was nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Excuse for an Actual Movie at the 2003 Golden Raspberry Awards. Film director Michael Tully argued that the timing of the film's release during the U.S. invasion of Iraq makes the film's depiction of young American hedonism "one of the more unintentionally brilliant statements of hypocrisy of the decade" and the film itself "a disturbingly relevant historical document".[2]

The film was released to movie theaters only a month after filming was completed,[1] and was released on DVD and home video only a couple of months after that,[3] marking one of the fastest turnarounds ever from production to theatrical release to home video. The movie is also notable as one of the first American mainstream, major studio releases to show non-simulated intercourse between "cast members," although nothing explicit is shown on screen. The DVD release contained additional footage, but the producers chose not to include any explicitly pornographic images.

The movie took in $3,825,000 domestically and $1,520,000 internationally, coming well short of its $7,500,000 production cost.[4] The initial DVD release that followed was, in turn, followed in 2005 by an extended edition DVD that included extra footage.

Some early media reports suggested that this film was a theatrical spin-off of The Real World reality series, also produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, but in fact there was no direct link between the two productions.

Most of the film's cast returned to general obscurity after the movie was released, with the exception of Laura Ramsey who launched an acting career.

Cast members

  • Benjamin "Fletch" Fletcher
  • Nicole Frilot
  • Roxanne Frilot
  • David Ingber
  • Jeremy Jazwinski
  • Amber Madison
  • Paul Malbry
  • Marquita "Sky" Marshall
  • Laura Ramsey
  • Matthew Slenske
  • Alan Taylor
  • Heidi Vance
  • Casey Weeks
  • Sarah Wilkins
  • Jorell Washington


  1. ^ The film's distribution rights were transferred to Warner Bros. in 2008.


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