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Club Paradise Reviews

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April 5, 2017
Good, not as great as its cast, but this was a fun one nonetheless.
½ December 31, 2016
A litany of comedy luminaries in an aggressively unfunny story.
August 16, 2016
Two guys rehab a Caribbean resort in this adult comedy.
½ July 16, 2016
Harold Ramis directs Robin Williams in Club Paradise. Williams is Jack Moniker, a man who wants to go down to the Carribean and retire. He becomes involved in the local politics and takes upon owning a club on the beach. He attracts a group of people to visit the resort and each one of them is a group of characters. Rick Moranis and Eugene Levy play their usually characters and provide most of the comedy aside from Williams. Club Paradise brings bigger names than it does story or comedy, and is overall pretty boring.
June 9, 2016
A movie for the music of Jimmy Cliff & the comedy of Robin Williams, plus the beauty of the islands. Take your time to appreciate this musical comedy.
June 9, 2016
Stachnik- it's actually drug crazed nipple ranch. But great quote nonetheless.
½ May 28, 2016
To date, the only movie I have ever walked out of. Totally awful.
½ January 23, 2016
Not the greatest comedy in the world but highly underrated. The humour while not outright hilarious is charming and good old fashioned dumb fun. An A list cast doing their best given the circumstances.
½ August 15, 2015
8/14/2015: Other than a few funny lines, this wasn't a very good movie. Just a pretty cheesy 80's flick.
June 15, 2015
with all the talent involved should've been a lot better and funnier, still slightly watchable for the cast.
½ February 25, 2015
A very unfunny and nonsensical movie. Not even the likeable cast members could save this from disaster.
½ January 31, 2015
A little underrated. Nowhere near a classic but it's got a few decent laughs.
October 10, 2014
lazy rubbish from a director whos better than this,enough jimmy cliff songs to make you want to kill yourself (or Jimmy Cliff)
September 7, 2014
CLUB PARADISE, while having a promising premise, is a largely disappointing misfire. Even Robin Williams seems to be a bit bored, and is clearly not at his best here. Granted, there is a great ensemble cast, but none of them are given a whole lot to do and, save Robin Williams, are underdeveloped. Still, I'll give credit where credit is due. The film does start off rather well, with Robin Williams' character Jack Moniker retiring from the Chicago Fire Department on a disability settlement and heading off to St. Nicholas, a tropical island. There, he settles in and gets involved with a local businessman/musician named Ernest Reed (Jimmy Cliff, who gives some excellent musical performances) who runs a resort called Club Paradise. These initial scenes were quite funny as it showed Jack getting used to his surroundings and later, dealing with the tourists who visit. Among those visitors are Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis, two losers who are trying to score with women and get high. These two comedians have been good elsewhere, but here their talents were wasted on one-dimensional characters that really weren't that funny. Well-meaning, maybe, but not funny. To add some conflict, the prime minister of the island is trying to drive Ernest out so that foreign investors can develop the land. In my opinion, the film really didn't need this as the cast was already large enough that they could have focused on something else besides island politics. Also in the mix is Peter O'Toole as the local British governor. Even though his role wasn't too substantial, I did like him in the several scenes he was in. He and Robin Williams even get to play off each other a little bit. However, if there's one major flaw in the movie it's that it tries to do too much in its finale. Instead of wrapping up the various subplots that were percolating over the run time, they opt instead for something more ridiculous, i.e., a "revolution." By doing that, they really gave short shrift to the great cast of characters they had been following previously. The film's humor was also rather dated, but I can live with that. On the good side of things, the best element outside of Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole was the music, consisting almost exclusively of reggae. Overall, while the film is a nice 80's time capsule it's quite forgettable and I wouldn't consider it essential viewing for Robin Williams fans.
September 2, 2014
This is one non-stop laugh-a-minute vacation spot. I forgot that the late Harold Ramis directed this Robin Williams comedy. It's so much fun!
August 14, 2014
This is typical 80's fair and Robin Williams acting "gold" in my opinion. This is a Canadian production directed by Harold Ramis with the likes of several notible SCTV alumni including Eugene Levy. A must see...and a great addition to any dvd collection.
½ August 12, 2014
This film is an example of bad comedy writing, and lame humor. The acting make this film passable, but one can see the jokes coming a mile away. Do something more productive with your time. It's not a stinker, but avoid it.
April 29, 2014
Directed by Harold Ramis, who had broke into directing from writing with the double whammy of Caddyshack (1980) and National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), after writing and producing Ghostbusters (1984), he was offered this silly comedy which reunited Ramis with a lot of people he worked with on the Canadian sketch comedy Second City Television. Some jokes work, some just don't, but it's a massive ensemble here. Chicago fireman Jack Moniker (Robin Williams) gets injured on the job and uses his disability money to retire to the Carribean island of Saint Nicholas. There, along with struggling local reggae musician Ernest Reed (Jimmy Cliff), they make a holiday resort known as Club Paradise, with help from British governor Anthony Croyden Hayes (Peter O'Toole) and Jack's new girlfriend Phillipa Lloyd (Twiggy). On holiday at Club Paradise are Barry and Barry (Rick Moranis and Eugene Levy) and writer Terry Hamlin (Joanna Cassidy). There's trouble when Saint Nicholas' Prime Minister Solomon Gundy (Adolph Caesar) wants to shut Club Paradise down for a big resort, but Jack fights back. It's a very silly comedy, sort of like an 1980's version of those Ealing comedies where a small group of people fight back against authority figures. Williams somehow feels restrained in places, when he should have been let off the leash in a comedy like this, but it's the supporting cast that manage to do better.
½ February 28, 2014
A real 80's slice of crooked real estate developers vs happy go lucky hotel owners with a great reggae soundtrack, a few laughs, a whole lot of missed potential. I'll bet making it was more fun than what ended up on screen.
December 17, 2013
This is a very funny film with an outstanding sound track featuring Jimmy Cliff and the Blue Riddim Band. The political humor got past most of the audience. Peter O'Toole was brilliant! The duo of Rick Moranis and Barry Steinberg on their 'Dreadlock Holiday' was hilarious. Highly recommended!
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