Boating and Sailing Comedies
Set on Nantucket Island, Hoops (John Cusack) must write and illustrate a love story in order to gain admittance into art school. In an effort to impress the girl of his dreams, he enters a sailing regatta despite his fear of the ocean. Hoops’ crazy summer adventures serve as inspiration for his story.
Joanna (Goldie Hawn), a wealthy heiress, hires Dean (Kurt Russell), a carpenter who she mistreats and takes advantage of. Joanna sets sail on her yacht, leaving the carpenter unpaid for his work. After falling overboard at sea, she is diagnosed with amnesia and Dean finds a creative solution to his money problems.
This gem is perhaps the most notorious of cult classics for sailors. A suburban family from Chicago hires Captain Ron (Kurt Russell), a laid back and unconventional Navy veteran, to sail them around the Caribbean. This comedy will have the whole family laughing as their adventure unfolds.
In this futuristic thriller, the majority of Earth’s land has been submerged under melted polar ice caps. The human race struggles to survive on dilapidated boats and makeshift floating cities. Fun Fact: Waterworld was the most expensive movie made at the time.
Steve Zissou (Bill Murray), an eccentric oceanographer, loses his partner to a deadly jaguar shark attack while filming his latest documentary. For his next project, Zissou gathers a group of friends and sets out on a mission to document the shark’s demise. As a Wes Anderson film, “The Life Aquatic” includes many standard Wes Anderson characteristics: a peculiar color palette, an all-star cast, and quirky characters with dysfunctional relationships.
This British comedy tells the story of a pirate radio station that broadcasts from a ship anchored in the North Sea. Despite the genre being heavily censored by the government, the station plays pop and rock music that inspired the 60’s generation.