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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

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


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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

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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

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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

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