Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Rik Mayall
Adrian Edmondson
Helene Mahieu
Simon Pegg.
Directors
Adrian Edmondson.
Screenwriters
Rik Mayall
Adrian Edmondson.
Running Time
86 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
A Fuller Life
3 Star Empire Rating
Futuro Beach
4 Star Empire Rating
Tokyo Tribe
2 Star Empire Rating
Honeytrap
2 Star Empire Rating
Pheonix
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Still Alice
5 Star Empire Rating
Les Miserables
5 Star Empire Rating
Duke Of Burgundy, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Whiplash
5 Star Empire Rating
Long Good Friday, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Guesthouse Paradiso
Low-brow, slapstick comedy about the owners of the worst hotel in the world.


submit to reddit


Plot
Mayall and Edmondson are Richie Twat (pronounced Thwaite) and Eddie Elizabeth Ndingombaba (unpronouncable), owners of the Guest House Paradiso, a damp-ridden hellhole on the edge of a cliff and adjacent to a nuclear power station. Business is slow, but that all changes when world famous movie star Gina Carbonara (Mahieu) arrives to seek refuge from her hotheaded boyfriend.


Review
Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson's film careers have been neither prolific nor particularly successful and, as everyone knows they do their best stuff when they work together, they have sensibly chosen one of their most popular television creations, the fabulous Bottom, to go all cinematic.

But the plot, as with the TV show, is irrelevant. This is Mayall's and Edmondson's domain, as they skip from their trademark brand of extreme violence to, well, more of it. Of course, it does rather depend on whether you are a fan of the two leads and their particular style, which while often mirthsome, is undoubtably puerile and sometimes tasteless. There are some smart cameos, especially Pegg as a weedy guest, but when the puke inspired denouement does finally arrive, it feels over-baked and stretched out. Much like the rest of the movie.


Verdict
The boys toil incredibly hard to make the whole thing work and, while there are some hilarious moments, it is far too patchy for a full feature film.


Reviewed by Ben Falk

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Guesthouse Paradiso
Empire Star Rating

Guesthouse Paradiso

Bottom is a great show full of brilliant jokes and ridiculous violence, this film is simply more of the same and it's brilliant. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by CIW at 03:57, 28 October 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Great!

Brutal, gross, twisted, inventive, but above all - EXTREMELY funny. Top marks. ... More

Posted by bozo at 01:21, 02 October 2008 | Report This Post


Great!

The small to big-screen transistion dosen't run as smoothly as expected, but this is very funny with moments of excellence from mayall and edmondson ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by blaud at 11:59, 01 October 2008 | Report This Post



CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
40 Of The Unlikeliest Movie Character Posters
Would you put these one-sheets on your wall?

Who Is The Vision, Anyway?
An introduction to Avengers: Age Of Ultron's newest addition

Jenny Agutter: Role by Role
From Tin to Captain America to The Railway Children

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for iced tea

Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The showrunner on The Beatles and that lawnmower

Empire's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review
Our verdict on what could be the biggest film of the year...

The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)