Picks and Pans Review: Semidocumentary

UPDATED 05/05/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/05/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

The Real CancĂșn

Reality TV comes to the big screen with CancĂșn, and the result isn't pretty. The makers of MTV's Real World dispatched 16 nonactors, ranging in age from 18 to 25, to a beachfront villa in Mexico during spring break in March and followed them with camera crews. That's it for context. The chosen imbibe freely, party hard and act in ways that will embarrass their parents now and themselves in future decades. (The producers are lucky no one died of alcohol poisoning, as it appears no one was telling the revelers here to ease up on the guzzling.) Mostly, the men try to score while the women stick to flirting and occasional top-doffing. No one ever even mentions that, midway through the week, the war in Iraq began. (R)

BOTTOM LINE: Compulsively watchable, but everyone here deserves a time-out

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