Guest House Paradiso


Guest House Paradiso

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Radioactive fish, Italian bombshells, and vomit. These are the key ingredients of this over-the-top gross-out fest about the worst guesthouse in Britain. Former Young Ones star Rik Mayall is Richie Twat (pronounced "Thwaite" as he labors to explain to one and all) who runs the titular hotel with his dull-witted cohort Eddie (Adrian Edmondson). Balancing precariously on a cliff overlooking a nuclear power plant, the hotel is a nightmare from the standpoint of customer service. Richie gleefully abuses the guests, rummages through their luggage, and serves them vile, rotten food. When a nice but impoverished family and an Italian starlet (Gina "Nipples from Naples" Carbonara, played by Helene Mahieau) makes the mistake of staying at their abode, events grow more bizarre and scatological with each passing frame until the film's delirious finale, which has to be the one of the longest and most involved mass puking scenes ever committed to celluloid.


Critic Reviews for Guest House Paradiso

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  • An embarrassing mess of zany movement and occasional loud clonks

    Nov 13, 2001 | Rating: 0.5/4

Audience Reviews for Guest House Paradiso

  • Jul 12, 2014
    Right lets get down to it then, this is basically the Bottom movie end of story, yeah sure there are the odd changes and snips around the edges but its quite simply Bottom on the big screen. Rik and Ade have played the same type of characters for their entire careers undoubtedly but these two fellas are clearly 'Richie' and 'Eddie' of Hammersmith, I think all the fans can agree on that despite what the guys say. This works for and against the movie in my opinion. Basically we see the many of the same gags, pratfalls and violent slapstick from the TV show...and when I say the same I mean pretty much identical. The only difference is of course its been fleshed out on the silver screen with a better budget so everything looks slicker. Again this is not a problem essentially, I am very happy to see Rik and Ade knock seven shades of shit out of each other with the use of bigger and better a degree. But at times during the film I did find myself thinking they are rehashing too many old classic sight gags, verbal gags and violent gags and somehow it doesn't actually look as good! How is this possible you might ask, well personally I think its down to the fact the TV show was actually more adult than the film and much more grittier. The constraints of the TV show elevate the material because it feels more anarchic and wild yet at the same time restricted, the stunts and effects are slapped together and seem really dangerous and realistic, plus the lack of any swearing somehow made it feel even ruder and filthier which I can't workout, the tempting hints I guess. In this film everything just seems a bit slow and tired, the guys are obviously not as young anymore but the fights and pratfalls just feel weaker and less inventive. 'Pheeb...One boiled egg.' The sets in the film are nice and have that classic typically dated British seaside B&B visual atmosphere and vibe going on. Watching carefully I loved all the old set decorations strewn around the hotel like the old paintings and historic furniture. The kind of stuff your gran had when you were a kid back in the day, or even your parents back in the late 70's and 80's (if you're around my age). I also really liked all the little nooks, crannies and secret passage ways throughout the hotel which are used by Richie to spy on people and pinch things. It all adds more scope and depth to the setting plus adds inventive ways to create more laughs...which it does nicely in one sequence. So the films visuals around the hotel do look good n grimy as you'd expect, certain props are used disgustingly well used for various painful moments and the sets are well designed reflecting that classic Bottom feel from the Hammersmith flat. The extra cast members are a solid oddball bunch that back at the time were relatively unknown but have now gone on to bigger things, most notably Bill Nighy and Simon Pegg. Neither of the pair actually have massive parts in the film of course as it all revolves around Richie and Eddie, but they add a much needed boost to the overall quality. Nighy probably gets the best of it with his face-off against Mayall in some classic Fawlty Towers-esque scenes at breakfast. Never really liked the character or performance from Cassel as it just felt way out of place really, other than that I still don't get why they didn't cast all their old school mates from previous shows, we get 'Spudgun' so what about the rest? 'Mmm Lady Diana Princess of Wales...slap me up you bitch' Despite some great looking bits n pieces and some decent scenes of Mayall madness and campness, at the end of the day I couldn't help but feel slightly underwhelmed by the whole thing. I think like most folk I went into this with really really seriously high expectations from the pairs glittering TV career and basically the film could never live up to that. Don't get me wrong the guys have a bloody good go and the movie definitely delivers what you want from the duo in terms of crude crass vomit inducing toilet humour. I just really think this should of been a much stronger blend of their live stage show and the TV show, it should of been an all out adult comedy really. They try their best but it really feels like the laughs are being forced out after a bad spell of comical constipation. Was never too sure on that film title either.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2013
    Watched this a few hundred times, big fan of bottom!
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2008
    <i>"As we always say at the Guest House Paradiso: Have fun, don't go in the water if you know what's good for you and try not to get shit on the sheets."</i> <p> <i>Guest House Paradiso</i> is a comedy filled to the brim with nothing but non-stop laughter, physical gags and sexual innuendo. The creative team behind this film also created two popular TV shows: <i>The Young Ones</i> and <i>Bottoms</i>. The whole film is beguilingly tempting comedy - each scene being nothing more than a myriad of hilarious gags and little plot emerging. <br> Richie (Mayall) and Eddie (Edmondson) run the worst hotel in the entire British Isles: thieving manager, drunken immigrant chef and a former mental patient for a waiter. This is a hotel that makes <i>Fawlty Towers</i> look like attractive 5-star accommodation. The two bumbling nitwits, Richie and Eddie, have their establishment right next to a nuclear power plant. The only regulars at the hotel are a bunch of power plant workers who drop by to get drunk, as well as an elderly woman named Mrs. Foxfur (Fielding) who appears to be conned quite frequently. After an opening that clearly shows the kind of stupidity the two protagonists continually exhibit, the hotel is cleared of many residents. Things begin looking up when a small family voluntarily checks in for a stay. They are then overshadowed when beautiful famed actress Gina Carbonara (Mahieu) checks in with the intent of escaping her Italian playboy fiancé that she doesn't want to marry. What follows is a night of complete disaster. Radioactive fish, crazed Italian, vomiting house guests...everything imaginable as the central characters move from one disaster to the other. <br> <i>Guest House Paradiso</i> focuses solely on the laughs as opposed to a plot. It's a difficult task to justifiably outline the plot in any great detail because everything would then be spoiled. As an alternative to a plot we just have a straightforward series of events. With the thought in mind of a night of plain disaster, we are treated to a repulsive (occasionally disturbing) series of events. By the end of it you will want to vomit as strongly as some of the guests. During the film's final 40 minutes of non-stop hilarity and gags I was both choking with laughter and feeling mighty queasy from the disgusting events that unfold. <br> The two main characters are a talented duo that will be familiar to fans of the creative team. Both Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson have their moments of utter hilarity. It's the clichéd odd couple: one of them has brains (using those words loosely), the other does not. Those of you familiar with the film will agree when I say that the opening kitchen brawl shows the agility and talent of the two leading performers. It's a hilarious combination of slapstick gags with some overwhelming violence (surprisingly enough). This string of nothing but gags and laughter is very memorable as well. You will either be quoting the dialogue, re-enacting scenes or discussing these scenes in detail with another who has seen it. <br> From the front cover and trailer, <i>Guest House Paradiso</i> promised to be nothing more than a bit of light-hearted entertainment that isn't at all tasteful. This assumption is extremely correct - it's nothing but funny mindless gags that make a fun way to spend 85 minutes of your time. Not classic comedy in any sense, but if you're easily entertained and enjoy puerile, disgusting humour then this is the one to rent (or buy).
    Cal ( Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2007
    These pair are superb together.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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