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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 (a Drunkboat) from a con man (John Goodman) when his mother (Dana Delaney) 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Drunkboat" might have come off via nothing more than acting ability and a good heart, if the dialogue didn't amount mostly to aimless chit-chat."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"This enigmatic coming-of-age movie often seems destined to sail off the deep end. Yet it rights itself just often enough to keep you watching."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"... feels like an intimate, idiosyncratic acting workshop that might have worked better on stage."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Horribly written, shockingly amateur. Contrived and exhausting don't begin to summarize this inert disaster."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"The burnished smear of Lisa Rinzler's photography is a plus, but "Drunkboat" is ultimately the kind of pet project that never traverses from personal to powerful."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"[An] incoherent drama."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Undercooked, lazy and frustratingly underwhelming despite solid performances."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"In the end, "Drunkboat" is no "Glengarry Glen Ross" or "American Buffalo," and even if it were, the real Mamet has always worked better onstage than on film."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Though studied and grating at times, "Drunkboat" does sustain a distinct, odd tone. Like its characters it's dreamily restless and prey to its own quixotic ideas."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"A passion project ill suited to cinematic adaptation, or at least sludgy, unresolved, mannered and grating in its realized incarnation."
‑ Brent Simon, Shockya.com
"Drunkboat is a "small" movie that plays like a mawkish, Friedberg/Seltzer riff on a small movie."
‑ John Semley, Slant Magazine
"Held up from release for years, probably because nobody knew what to make of it, the film deserves a look, and Meyer is a talent worth watching."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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