CINEMA: WATERLOGGED

THE BOYS MAY BE SEAWORTHY, BUT WHITE SQUALL JUST SINKS

THEY WHINE ABOUT THEIR NEglectful, misunderstanding parents. They are snotty with one another and sullen in the face of authority. Sometimes they are arrogant, sometimes they are wimpish, all the time they are horny. They are, in short, 1960s preppies, tiresome enough at the time and hardly less so in retrospect.

The man charged with making men out of them in White Squall is Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges), skipper of the Albatross, a sailing ship he has turned into a floating secondary school. He's the sort of father figure these chinless wonders have never had--stern but caring, and at one with...

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