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Guest House Paradiso [DVD] [1999]

Rik Mayall , Adrian Edmondson , Adrian Edmondson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YVDN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Brilliant 31 Dec 2004
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aching belly 6 April 2005
I couldn't stop laughing. The slapstick is constant and the violence between Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson is extremely sick but funny. True, the story is weak, but the humour more than compensates for this.
I loved it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grade A film from the start 18 Sep 2003
I own this movie on DVD and I have watched it about 10 times and it's still funny. The jokes will never get boring and I often burst out laughing at inappropriate times just thinking about them. The premise is that Richard and Eddie of Bottom fame own the cheapest hotel in Britain next to a nuclear power plant. They are desperately in need of cash and when a film star in hiding comes to stay their luck just might be in.
To watch this movie and not become utterly bored or disgusted you first need to like the humour. Some would say that only hardcore fans really enjoy watching it. But overall it's a great movie.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely ridiculous ! 3 Dec 2004
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The idea for Guest House Paradiso came about when Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson were touring around the country with Bottom Live. Staying in so many hotels made them wonder how Richie and Eddie (their characters from Bottom) would cope having to run one. Near the end of the writing Rik Mayall had his quad bike incident, an accident that had all Rik and Ade fans extremely worried, leaving Adrian Edmonson to finish off writing and to take up the role of Director.
Rik and Ade's writing has always been about being ridiculous, from The Dangerous Brothers, The Comic Strip Presents ... Mr Jolly Lives Nextdoor, to Guest House Paradiso. They have simply extended that into a full length film. Complicated plots or quality of acting is not the priority for a film like this. Its the amount of stupidity, nob gags and violence that count.
As for the latter, Rik and Ade have excelled throughout the years for the realism in their comedy fight routines, either live or on tv. You will not be disappointed in the kitchen scene at the beginning of the film. If slapstick violence is your thing then this scene will have you in tears. No matter how many times you watch it.
Another extremely funny moment is when Simon Pegg, (from Big Train, Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead) is hoisted by his nipple up to the ceiling by Rich and Eddie using a fishing rod/hook. Very cringeworthy indeed.
To sum up. This film will appeal to any Bottom fans, or indeed anybody who appreciates the ridiculous. However to see Rik and Ade at their best I recommend Mr Jolly Lives Nextdoor. Which is asbsolute perfection. "Never ever ever bloody anything ever" !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bled and breakfast. 17 Jun 2013
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's thwaite!!!!!! 3 Aug 2005
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well I thought that having a Italian film star coming to a dreary hotel where you have thong removals with a oxyacetelyne torch and meat hooks up your nose would be very unlikely but it happened to Richie and Eddie.
its the hotel that everyone knows that's next to a nuclear power plant, the hotel that everyone eats contaminated fish, the hotel where Gino Guiseppe is violently sick.
It sounds disgusting and vile but if you watch it, it's the funniest thing you can think of.
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