Niagara Motel

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A handful of oddballs and misfits cross paths at a motel overlooking one of Canada's more recognizable landmarks in this independent comedy. Phillie (Craig Ferguson) is the alcoholic and deeply depressed manager of the Niagara Motel, a shabby inn a stone's throw from the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls. Phillie's guests at the moment include Michael (Kevin Pollak), a sleazy director and producer of porn videos who is attempting to persuade Loretta (Caroline Dhavernas), a pretty young waitress at a nearby diner, to star in his latest series of adult movies; Denise (Anna Friel) and R.J. (Kristen Holden- Reid), a drug-addled couple struggling to regain custody of their child; Henry (Peter Keleghan) and Lily (Wendy Crewson), whose marriage is already starting to crumble before temptation presents itself to Lily; and Boris (Damir Andrei), the Niagara's short-tempered owner. Over the course of their stays, the folks staying at the Niagara will witness an unplanned kidnapping, meet the motel's in-house prostitute, encounter a down-on-his-luck staple salesman, and get uncalled-for advice from a born-again social worker. Niagara Motel received its world premiere at the 2005 New Montreal Film Festival.

Cast

Kevin Pollak
as Michael
Anna Friel
as Denise
Craig Ferguson
as Phillie Phillips
Catherine Fitch
as Sophie (Boris' Daughter)
Sarah Constible
as Foster Mom
Damir Andrei
as Boris the Motel Owner
Ernesto Griffith
as Manny Gerard
Tracy McMahon
as Mrs. Phillie Phillips
Cory Cassidy
as Construction Worker
David Stuart Evans
as Job Applicant
Harry Nelken
as Bartender
Robert Kostyra
as Camera Thief
Curtis Moore
as Salesman
Brian Kawakami
as Japanese Tourist
Jessica Burleson
as Receptionist
Jeff Skinner
as Mr. Wilcox
Joanne Rodriguez
as Talk Show Guest
Sara McCrindle
as Talk Show Guest
Lee White
as Talk Show Guest
Mike Bell
as Talk Show Guest
Kevin Klassen
as Young John
Clifford Wasylik
as Older John
Eleanor Coopsammy
as News Anchor
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Critic Reviews for Niagara Motel

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (9)

  • A blue chip cast is wasted in the painfully unfunny ensemble comedy Niagara Motel, about a gaggle of self-absorbed nitwits struggling to make ends meet on the Canadian side of the tourist mecca.

    Mar 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

    Variety
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  • Too many characters and so much plot that no single scenario ever develops into an absorbing drama.

    Mar 24, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The actors are more or less on the same page, trying as much as possible to underplay this overheated material. But that doesn't help when the page itself is a scribbled sheet of foolscap crammed with narrative tangents and thematic jottings.

    Mar 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Yates has given himself so many stories to tell here that his only plausible excuse for Niagara Motel's total lack of dramatic tension or laughs is a script that fails to include a solitary good line.

    Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Matt McNally

    BBC.com
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  • I'm not exactly sure what compelled me to finish watching this so-called "black comedy," which is a little heavy on the black and far too light on the comedy.

    Mar 6, 2008 | Full Review…
  • a tragicomic ensemble piece about people on the edge and love on the rocks.

    Aug 2, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Niagara Motel

  • Sep 12, 2008
    The poster says "extremely funny," I guess I must have missed that part, even though I watched the whole thing. It's one of those depressing doesn't really go anywhere, but it doesn't matter that it doesn't go anywhere, independent films.
    FanGirl B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2008
    It's movies like this that make me avoid "comidies".
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2008
    A movie about some people who are staying or living at a dumpy Niagara Falls motel or eating at a nearby diner. Everyone has problems of some sort, and the movie deals with their lives. I didn't mind the acting, but I thought the writing left a lot to be desired. Each of their stories were not connected enough and sort of ho-hum.
    Red L Super Reviewer

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