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Overall Rating
2.95

Awesome29.27%
Worth A Look: 14.63%
Average: 4.88%
Pretty Bad: 24.39%
Total Crap: 26.83%

2 reviews, 29 user ratings


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Guest House Paradiso
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"Stupid and belabored comedy."
1 stars

What do you get when you take a couple of somewhat older 'young ones', put them in charge of a rundown hotel (in the absence of Basil and Sybil Fawlty) and throw in dashes of Monty Python and the well received and executed 1997 movie "Mouse Hunt"?

A mess...a movie that is difficult to review because of how banal, undergraduate and unfunny it is in its constant tryhard, lowest common denominator attempts at raising even an uncomfortable shade of a laugh from its audience.

Richie Twat, pronounced "Thwaite" (Mayall) and Eddie (Edmondson) are overseeing the management of 'Guesthouse Paradiso', a ramshackle hotel on the edge of a clifftop at the 'ass end' of Britain, conveniently located next to the local nuclear power plant. The hotel is in an absolute state of disrepair, the chef has just left after demolishing the kitchen and depleting the stock, and the guests consist of permanent resident Mrs Foxfur (Fielding), some young honeymooners and the 'Nice' family, who are on a low budget family trip to the seaside (or as Richie sees it, an opportunity to rob them blind and fill the empty hotel coffers).

Suddenly, the famous (porno) actress, Gina Carbonara (Mahieu) arrives on the run from her estranged spouse, Gino Bolognese (Cassel), who later arrives to 'win back' his love. The accidental acquisition of radioactive seafood, which is fed to the unsuspecting guests, results in a bout of illness of gargantuan 'projectile vomiting' proportions, and a favourable outcome for our heroes who are paid off by local authorities in a cover up.

'Guesthouse Paradiso' is as close to the worst movie I have seen in sometime. Its script is a tired rehash of old sight gags, slapstick physical performances and comedic ideas 'borrowed' from much better earlier British comedy. The audience is subjected to supposedly humorous brutal violence that far exceeds that seen in Mayall and Edmondson's earlier efforts in "The Young Ones"(even the intimation of attempted rape); boring, racial stereotypes; inane and distasteful dialogue; below average effects and generally unengaging performances. Even the most simple of humour has little effect and is poorly thought out - the 'Twat/Thwaite' joke being the prime example.

Are there any redeeming qualities? Fielding as Mrs Foxfur is mildly amusing, and Mahieu's lovely Sophia Loren like screen grace was pleasant to watch, accompanied by camera work mimicking the style that accompanied Loren's career.

Joseph Hughes and Jessica Mann as the 'Nice' children also do well in their small roles, probably because little is required of them. Otherwise, there is little to lift this film into the realm of desirability.

Go to your local video library and borrow "Fawlty Towers" if you want to see the real thing, or even "The Young Ones", where at least this style of humour has a wittiness and originality about it.

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User Comments

7/19/14 dsrwlxrc USA 2 stars
12/17/11 raouljohn I have just finished viewing this film after 12 years. It is a Hoot! and How! 4 stars
11/03/06 Elizabeth The kitchen fight is one of the best fight scenes I have ever seen. 5 stars
9/21/06 Marko Greeeeeeaaaat, I almoust pee at my panths 4 stars
11/08/05 paul kenedy wkd wkd jungle is massive 5 stars
7/25/04 Pure RAGE... NOW THIS IS FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
5/03/04 Vinny Meh. The violence is stupid. Otherwise it would have been decent. 2 stars
1/03/04 ali aalaallall 1 stars
10/27/03 Jane It is the funniest film I have ever seen. I laughed from start to finnish. Mayall is fab! 5 stars
10/03/03 Ghetto Smurf It was pretty funny, but not outstanding. 4 stars
1/05/03 Chris Good film!! 5 stars
7/11/02 CVJ NWO Good film but sadly not at all like the hilarious series 4 stars
2/12/02 Swedish Rawmeat HEHE if you like these humour this is excellent! 5 stars
10/30/01 Gary More like Bollocks than Bottom. 1 stars
7/21/01 gus awesome 5 stars
7/16/01 Gus It is a great excuse for toilet humor - and thats good once in a while... 4 stars
7/15/01 officer 412/l bottom is probaly my favorite show but this was just lame. lacked the energy of the show 1 stars
2/26/01 Quasibobo I am a huge Bottom-fan, but this movie is far from being funny the way they're funny on TV 1 stars
2/13/01 paul bird it was o.k. not as good as bottom though. very funny 4 stars
2/02/01 ivor bigun this film is shite i wacthed it while having a blojob 1 stars
1/30/01 sam jones o.k worth a look 3 stars
1/18/01 Matt RoGG one of the best movies 5 stars
11/17/00 Sir Galahad Horrid, Disgusting, Putrid, and Awful. 'kin LOVED it! 5 stars
11/16/00 boomshanka alon the lines of bottom hilarious 5 stars
11/14/00 Jon H Hibbins Loved it, Laughed all week, stricktly for bottom / young ones fans 5 stars
9/01/00 bart geyskens its a spin-off from "bottom" (wich i adored) but ghp is really disapointing 2 stars
8/05/00 Viking Fawlty Towers from Hell !!! 2 stars
7/31/00 Bob Wombat It could have been a pisser, but wasn't. Fucking shame. 'Bottom' was loads funnier. 3 stars
7/28/00 buffy's underpants f*&#ing hilarious, laughed my @$$ off 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Dec-1999 (R)

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Australia
  27-Jul-2000 (M)




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