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Guest House Paradiso [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Vincent Cassel, Hélène Mahieu, Bill Nighy
  • Directors: Adrian Edmondson
  • Writers: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson
  • Producers: Helen Parker, Lucy Ansbro, Marc Samuelson, Peter Samuelson, Phil McIntyre
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov. 2000
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YVDN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,770 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Richie (Rik Mayall) and Eddie (Adrian Edmondson) are the owners of Guest House Paradiso, a squalid and empty B&B located next to a nuclear power plant. Business isn't exactly booming for the pair of them, but things improve when the Nice family move in - or at least they do until Richie is caught pilfering through their underwear. Meanwhile, fading Italian actress Gina (Hélène Mahieu) books into the hotel to escape her boyfriend Gino (Vincent Cassel). Her presence arouses the lust of Richie and Eddie, but they also have the problems of radioactive fish to contend with.

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Richie and Eddie are running the nastiest, smelliest, most squalid hotel in the world and things are not going well. The Chef's guzzled all the food, cash is running low and most of the guests have fled without paying! But things are on the up with the arrival of the Nice family, some exotic underwear and the sexy Italian movie star Gina Carbonara. Richie is soon indulging his passion for panty pilfering whilst desperately trying to impress the fragrant Ms. Carbonara! But with Gina's jilted fiancie in hot pursuit and something decidedly iffy about the fish dinner Richie & Eddie are going to escape in one piece.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 17 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Two lunatics run a horrific, cheap guest house, on a cliff edge, next door to a nuclear processing plant. Amazingly though, due to the fact that more often than not, beggars can't be choosers, they still receive guests (some of the time), and those unlucky enough to decide to stay there are soon victimised by our obnoxious hoteliers who make money from them, by stealing their valuables, being rude and cutting corners whenever they can. That is until one day when a famous Italian bombshell movie star comes to stay there, whilst on the run from her nasty fiance...

First saw this at the cinema when it came out and if I hadn't already been acquainted with the two stars and knew what to expect, I probably would've thought it had been written by a mentally defective, teenage male monkey with anger management issues! Fortunately, I was aware of the duo behind this and loved every minute of it!
It is true, and can be said that the OTT violent slapstick, toilet humour, gross antics, vicious mean~streak and childish low brow, bodily fluid comedy wont be to everyone's taste, however if like me, you find someone being hit in the face 15 times, funnier than just being hit once, you'll probably get along with this just fine!
It also has the honour of having probably one of the funniest gags of all time (I don't know why I find it so funny? It just has me in hysterics every time)...
"PHEEB, one boiled egg...."
Anyway, to those of you who don't appreciate Rik and Ade's style of comedy, you will probably want to remove at least 5 stars from this review, and for that, I can hardly blame you. But for me, It's an absolute crying shame that it wasn't more of a success and better received, thus funding the spawning of a sequel.
Not their finest hour admitted, but still brilliantly crazed, appealing unashamedly to the side of me that thought South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut was also high art!!
"PHEEB, hello?...."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of the lavatorial and enjoyably vulgar humour of the Bottom TV series, it is highly probable that you will enjoy this movie. Eddie and Ritchie are running a beachfront hotel, adjacent to a nuclear power station, with unfeasibly awful levels of customer service and food hygiene (think Fawlty Towers only ten times worse). What follows is a series of outrageous madcap scenarios where Eddie and Ritchie do their utmost to inflict physical harm upon each other in the most insanely inventive ways, whilst terrorising the hotel clientele, and then ultimately inflicting the most awful possible of food poisoning on the guests. Sophisticated humour this is not, but there are plenty of laugh out loud moments. This film is especially poignant now in the light of the very sad premature demise of Rik Mayall, which is why I bought this DVD, and I am happy that I did.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "gunning_peter" on 31 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
Firstly, I would like to point out that I am a major Bottom (the series) fan. Secondly, as someone else pointed out, this has all the ingredients to make a great film, but it has something lacking. This is probably due to the excessive amounts of slapstick (which I know was used in copious quantities in the series to great effect) but it just seems that the whole film is based around Richie and Eddie hitting each other with various pieces of furniture without any of the hilarious dialogue which made the series so funny. Having said that, there are some great moments, and true Bottom fans should not be too disappointed. Although the films ending once again descends into the excessively crude behaviour which spoils the whole affair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
The image on the front of the DVD says it all. It's mindless, silly, slapstick stupidity and I love it.

I've always been a fan of Bottom. Rik Mayall is a brilliant actor and I genuinely like him, but as Ritchie he is an absolute slimeball who gives me the heebies. But, that's how the character is supposed to appear. Ritchie is rude, obnoxious, sweaty, overbearing and has serious anger issues but that's what we love about him. Our of him and Eddie however, he is the schemer and seems to have a little more intelligence than Eddie.

Eddie Hitler (Ade Edmunson) is a barely functioning alcoholic who does what he can to follow Ritchie's schemes and never gets it right. Ritchie's short temper and Eddie's clueless bumbling is a frequent flashpoint for the violence Bottom/Guest House Paradiso is well known for. The fight scenes are so completely over the top they aren't believable but to someone as immauture as me, I love them. Especially during GHP when Eddie stops Ritchie in his tracks with a pair of nut crackers.

Keep an eye out for cameos in this movie from Simon Pegg and Bill Nighy who play the unsatisfied guests in the Guest House Paradiso.

Don't expect anything more than you get from Bottom. I'd even say the plotline is less than you'd get from Bottom but it has some hilarious laugh out loud moments and like the top reviewer, I've burst out laughing at inappropriate moments just thinking about it. You may find yourself like me, laughing politely at a weak joke someone's just told but in my head I can hear Ritchie sarcastically going "Ahha ha. Ah ha ha ha! AH HAHAHAHAHA! Mary Celeste. I must write than one down..... AH HAAAAAA!"

Also keep an eye out for Ritchie's face during the "goodmorninggoodmorninggoodmorning" scene when the Nice Family arrive. The glide down the stairs made it for me.
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