Club Paradise (1986)
Movie InfoAfter retiring from the Chicago fire department, a man (Robin Williams) retires to the Caribbean and becomes embroiled in a scheme for a Club Med spin-off with a native (Jimmy Cliff).
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Critic Reviews for Club Paradise
What's fresh about Ramis and Doyle-Murray's brand of comedy is that they're not one-liner wordsmiths, they're social satirists. They find humor in the subversion of a stable social community.
There certainly is a lot of talent involved in Club Paradise... But most often, the level of humor is rather like that of those entertainments put on by summer campers for their own amusement.
There are enough funny skits in Club Paradise to make for a good hour of SCTV, where most of the cast is from, but too few to keep this Club Med satire afloat for 104 minutes.
The movie is painless, and everybody associated with it is good company, but considering the obvious effort and the expense that went into it, the result should have been much, much better.
This is a case where the actors are only as good as the script, which isn`t saying much. It`s not long into Club Paradise when you may feel the urge to get out.
The movie is a succession of shticks -- which, when they succeed, are very funny. Unfortunately, not all of them succeed.
Director Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the film with Brian Doyle-Murray, never stoops for an easy laugh. He seems capable, however, of making a movie with more momentum than this.
Club Paradise has a few good running gags, but it isn't everything that the brochures crack it up to be.
Despite its promise of a sunny, lightweight good time, it's a strangely angry and cynical film.
Feels like it was inspired by a People Magazine article, and stretched out into feature length through the dubious overuse of sketch-type comedy droppings.
Don't expect too much more from this film than a few chuckles and a soundtrack which mixes some delectable reggae and rock music.
The most embarassing movie Peter O'Toole ever graced.
Audience Reviews for Club Paradise
Club Paradise is a fascinating watch but only because it's such a mess. It has an interesting collective cast and an excellent setting but the story makes no sense and the directions is diabolical. It's very much of its time though, a period piece if you will, pure 80's. Robin Williams isn't at his best but Peter O'Toole is quite funny. The film was originally intended to star Bill Murray and John Cleese - now I'd love to have seen that version! Andrea Martin's scenes were pretty funny though.More
Yes, this movie has a ton of great stars, but what're they doing in this movie? Not much. The story is predictable and sometimes boring. Overall, it's just okay.More
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