The Boat (film #2 on Side A of Disc #2 of Comedy Classics DVD Megapack (Treeline Films, 2004)). [Category: Hollywood]

As if he didn’t have enough trouble, Buster Keaton builds a boat and subjects his family to one mishap after another, including destroying his entire house when he attempts to get the boat out of the basement where he built it, sinking his car in the bay during an abortive attempt to launch the boat, and having the boat sink completely during said launch. He fixes it so that it’ll float, but his problems have only begun. Again, this is a quite funny Buster romp, featuring bizarre items like a floating anchor, a picture of an ocean scene that leaks salt water, pancakes that are totally inedible but useful for patching leaks, and a lifeboat made from a bathtub. When inanimate objects are not turning against Buster, his two unruly kids cause further mishaps. Everything that can go wrong does, and that makes this fun watching.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.


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