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      03.04.2012 17:50
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      give it a go you might enjoy it

      As a big fan of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson I feel I must defend them and the film. i have always been a great fan of the pair and love Bottom, it has to be my favourite comedy ever. watching as a child I have fond memories of watching the seris with my big brother and laughing at every rude, crude and down right naughty behaviour. Even now we often exchange qutoes form the film making each other laugh and enjoying true comedy genius. which is why I feel I must defend this film. anyone who has seen the bottom series will know that if there is any couple who should not be allowed to run a hotel its is definatly these too. If you meet them at the hotel reception desk your sure to make a quick exit. the story follows richie and eddie running the worst hotel in britain, with guests receiving a little more than b n b, try ill manners, crude behaviour, poor service and throw in radio active poisoning. with the two clueless on how to run a hotel they manage with nothing more than each other a fat chef and a mental waiter. The story opens with richie who is running the hotel9 god help us all) trying to wake eddie, unbeknown to him eddie is on his way home form the pub (suprise! suprise!) and has left richie a series of tape recording to make the pretence that he is actually there. Making his way to the dining room richie manages to throw in a couple of insults to his paying guests which he revels in as well as some pervy behavour. When eddie finaly makes it home he find an interesting way to 'file the bills' then help richie with breakfast. Richie however is on form concerning himself with the importnat guest mrs foxfur first, another triumph for richie in the point scoring he has goin on with his other guests. I love the scene where richie is trying to act professional with his 'FEEB one boiled egg' routine which never fails to make me laugh, which of course end in the usual eddie and richie fight which we have all come to love from the series. As the film progresses we see the arrival of the nice family and the beautiful gina carbonara who are in for a rude awakening at this hotel, which ultimatley ends in them all being at the receiving end of this two hapless pair, from sexual harassment to an interesting way to look after you children and theft of property which transpires into an interesting way to remove the evidence, i.e fish hooking the guest with his nipple ring. The overall plot of them poisoning the guests is predictable but when you look at the series its easy to understand why this was implemented into the plot these too are hardly capable of cooking a decent meal between them its was only a matter of time untill they killed someone. Granted Im not saying this movie is in anyway perfect, there are some moment that will make you cringe, some bad writing and over acting but hey lets not forget it is BOTTOM, what else should we expect? surely as bottom fans we should see this film for what is is another addition to the bottom library followng the usual plots of the series. I say give this one a go sit back and really watch it you'll be suprise at just how many funny lines you actually miss.

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      10.03.2010 19:30

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      A great film for fans of Bottom and similar comedy.

      Growing up, I had always been a huge fan of The Young Ones and Bottom on TV, so seeing Richie and Eddie (Rik Mayall & Ade Edmonson) reprise their roles in a big screen film was bound to get me excited. The plot revolves round the pair running a hotel (right next to a nuclear power station) with guests who were either too poor, too stupid or on the run staying there. Both characters play the same roles as in Bottom, with the regular slapstick fighting throughout. The fighting was something that I thought spoilt Bottom to a degree as it looked stupid, but in this film the fighting does genuinely make you cringe and has it's place. There are many good jokes in this. One in particular has Richie and Eddie standing at reception, both depressed, and Richie makes a sound of pain and Eddie replies "oh come on Richie, it's not that bad" and Richie responds "yes it is, I've just caught the tip of my penis in the till drawer". Very amusing stuff. I would thoroughly recommend watching this film if you are a fan of their previous work, it won't disappoint.

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      24.01.2006 00:40
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      Mildly amusing but watered down with a farce of a plot

      Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson go Hollywood, in one of the most unlikely big-screen productions to come out of the UK for quite some time. Nurturing the characters that they've raised through twenty years of working together, Richard Richard and Eddie Hitler are cast as the seedy hotel masters of Guest House Paradiso. You've already guessed the plot, you've got a fair idea of the violence that follows, so how does it all add up? To be honest, this is a bridge too far for a comic duo who belong on the live stage together. Bereft of the energy that comes from a heckling audience, they try every trick in the book to drag out a ninety minute success story. Unfortunately, it's half baked and descends in to reckless chaos as the movie runs out of storyline goodness. To be honest, the story was never going to be the vital ingredient in making Guest House Paradiso a hit or a miss. With Mayall and Edmondson, you have two veteran performers with a fine knack for comic awareness. They know how to rally off of each other and produce some laugh out loud moments. But despite an honorable effort, the mindless violence loses its shock factor and it's only downhill from there. Written by the stars of the movie themselves, Rik and Ade have worked together for a long time. Ever since they turned heads as a riotous pair in The Young Ones, they've had a strong following in the market of slapstick humour. What followed was three series of "Bottom", shown on the BBC in the mid 90s. The story picked up with the two losers scraping through life, barely affording the cash for a televison license and retaining their panache for a good old fashioned fist fight. The actors had matured. Long gone was the crazy ginger barnet and punk outfit of Edmondson, replaced with a suitably familiar brown suit and shaven head. It suits Eddie perfectly. The lovable, if slightly bloody dangerous representation of politically incorrect Britain circa 1995. Rich, on the other hand, is a delightfully hideous concoction of self-indulgent failure. He tries so hard to fit several classes above his head, but ultimately, he's the biggest loser on the planet. What the two characters lack in similarity, they make up for in excellent chemistry. You can tell that they're great friends away from the screen and it shines through with the way that they relate to each other on it. Even when they're slamming their partner's head in a fridge door, you can still picture the laughs that were had on set when it all went wrong. And with Bottom, you're guaranteed plenty of amusing bloopers. Unfortunately, Guest House Paradiso fades away after a promising start. Edmondson had to finish the script on his own after Rik famously crashed his motorcycle and fell in to a coma. Without knowing whether his best friend would even survive, Edmondson set about finishing the script and he does a good job on his own. Despite a brave effort, you can't help but feel that the later stages of the movie are rushed through and a little sketchy. Understandable when you consider what must've been on Ade's plate at the time of writing, but it can't be missed in a review such as this. The story hovers between mild improbability, and sheer absurdity. Rich is in control of the hotel, with the unenviable job of waking Eddie in the mornings. What he doesn't know is that Eddie isn't even at the hotel. He's been drinking again. What follows is a crazy opening sequence involving a motorbike, a name badge, and two pairs of shirts. See it to believe it, it's one of the funniest set-pieces of the movie. As you'd expect, Richie and Eddie make Basil Fawlty look like the mastermind of a five star hotel. With a chef imported from the back of a lorry, and a slightly unusual method of "filing the bills", you can never be sure just what's lurking around the corner for our crazed main characters. The chunky bulk of the story revolves around Gina Carbonara, an Italian porn star, hounded by the paparazzi who simply wants to get away from the flash bulbs. She turns up on the doorstep of Guest House Paradiso seeking some solitude and a chance to unwind by the coast. It was the only choice! The hotel was unlisted in the directory and even the locals deny its very existance. Who could possibly find her? What Gina hasn't taken in to consideration is that the locals deny its existance to shy away from the crazed association with our two leading stars. Nobody wants anything to do with poor Richie and Eddie. Maybe that's why the valuables safe acts as a tip collection for the hotel's funding. To be fair, the opening half an hour is very good from a british comedy standpoint. If slapstick humour is your thing, you'll enjoy the antics of the typically energetic duo. They waste no time getting down to their trademark hobbies of battering the living hell out of each other. It's a short-term treat to watch them run the hotel, and for a while it's great fun. The novelty is appealing, but the pair use up their best gags in the opening half hour. The second part of the movie is spent chasing a lost cause as everything unravels in to a predictable farce. Not to spoil any further details, but the ending is very unsatisfactory although typical of the genre when you look at past translations to the big screen. The supporting cast is relatively unknown, and you won't be won over by an oscar deserving cameo appearance. Helene Mahieu is exceptionally beautiful as the pornstar Gina Carbonara, oozing an attractive charm but ultimately falling short in the acting departments. To be fair to the women, it was her first picture and she like everybody else was written as an afterthought. The success of Guest House Paradiso ultimately falls at the door of Edmondson and Mayall, and while they try their hardest, even these experienced comic legends can't pull it out of the fire. I've always seen Edmondson in particular as a vastly under-utilized actor. Given a strong script, he could play a hugely entertaining cameo role in any major presentation. But with a low budget and ninety minutes of comedy pinned largely on a one dimensional character who was never meant to venture off of the live stageshow, hopes are high. If you're a fan of Bottom, i certainly wouldn't warn you away from this movie. It's an amusing watch if you switch it on with low expectations. You won't be entirely pleased with the final action, but the early laughs- and make no mistake, they're big laughs- might be enough to make you feel as if you've gotten your money's worth. Mayall and Edmondson have since stopped working with each other and we can say a final goodbye to their crazed brainchild. A fourth series of Bottom was rejected by the BBC and the pair have ventured in opposite directions. While Guest House Paradiso certainly isn't the pinnacle of their work together, it's an interesting venture and one which you might just enjoy.

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        25.08.2003 01:18
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        My reason for only two stars is probably the same as most other people on here, I love Bottom 'to the max' but find this a poor excuse for a Bottom film. Richie and Eddie are virtually the same as in the programme, using the same violence and sayings, although Richie's surname is no longer Richard, it is Tw** (pronounced "Thwaite" apparently). The first half hour or so is basically Bottom, if Richie and Eddie owned a hotel, only less funny. Plenty of silly violence such as nutcrackers and "no! Not the fridge!", it just starts to go downhill as soon as the character originally known only as "Big Jugs" appears. Simon Pegg plays a father of a family, you might have seen him in Big Train or Spaced, and he is very good in the part, but aside from that there are no other actors in the film who I like too much. Willy humour aside, the last hour is pretty silly, with only the pulling guy's nipple scene of any real sick comedy value. The very end is literally "sick comedy," trying to get laughs off an Indiana Jones rolling boulder of vomit parody, but it doesn't reallt work. A great Bottom film, not having to cater for international markets and things like that, would be one that took place mostly within the confines of their dirty flat- the first Bottom Live video for example would be a great way to allow for a ruder, 18-rated Bottom which was also incredibly funny.

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          21.02.2003 17:08
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          I bought this film on video at Xmas for my two boys (aged 8 and 11). We were having a quiet night in last night and they suggested we sit and watch Guest House Paradiso together. The characters are basically the two blokes out of "Bottom". Ade Admonson and Rik Mayall star in this film about a run down, disgusting guest house situated next to a nuclear power station. The hotel is not listed in any guide books and even the local people deny its very existence because it is so dire! Rik Mayall (Mr Twat) is the owner of the hotel and Ade Edmonson (Eddie) is his assistant. The hotel has one long-standing guest, an eccentric old lady who basically lives there. There is a honeymoon couple and then the Nice family come to stay (mum, dad, young son and daughter). Mr Twat (pronounced Thwaite apparently!) is basically rude and insulting to all the guests and the film is very humouous (Rik Mayall is enough to give anyone the creeps). It is kind of Fawlty Towers meets the Munsters. Lots of funny scenes such as Mr Twat stealing Mrs Nice's red kinky rubber underwear and Eddie taking the Nice children to the playground where the swing is situated right at the cliff edge! A famous italian actress (Gina Carbonara) then stays at the hotel as she is in hiding from her boyfriend who she jilted at the altar. He eventually finds her at the hotel and all hell breaks loose. The main storyline is when they serve fish (which Eddie literally found off the back of a lorry) for dinner. The fish is contaminated (from the nuclear plant) and all the guests get sick - think Poltergeist - disgusting vomit scenes but the sick is bright green so it isn't really that bad - you can almost see the hosepipes at the side of their mouths as they do their projectile vomiting! Silly and obvious ending but all in all a great film to watch as a family (cert 15)

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            27.09.2002 04:33
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            The first night of Channel 4 was a groundbreaking moment in the history of television. The long awaited fourth terrestrial channel (seems a long time ago now) promised a highbrow entertainment world, and something not quite in the mainstream. We certainly copped that with the first show by a little set up called The Comic Strip, who had grown out of the alternative comedy circuit. The show was probably that group's finest moment, Five Go Mad In Dorset, a masterful spoof on the old Enid Blyton kids' adventure series. It was also the first time I set eyes on Ade Edmondson. Of course, I'd already come across his partner in crime Rik Mayall, who I'd first encountered as the turgid investigative reporter Kevin Turvey from the Black Country. Not long afterwards, the dynamic duo were the key protagonists of the wonderful Young Ones series. After that they moved on to the obscure Filthy Rich and Catflap, which was extremely hit and miss, but much closer to the heart of Rik and Ade, and then later on they re-emerged in isolation as Eddie Hitler and Ritchie in the phenomenally successful Bottom series on BBC 2. The pair were unlovable losers who hated each other but had few othe rmates so stuck together, because both were convinced that the other was their inferior. The humour was strictly slapstick toilet humour for the 90's, with all sorts of fart, bum and wee wee jokes, but it was undoubtedly lively and for the most part a pretty damn good laugh. Then in 1999, the pair got the chance to bring their act to the big screen with the absurdly titled Gust House Paradiso, with their lives transplanted from a flat in West London to ownership of a seedy and run down guest house, somewhere in the North of England, near a nuclear plant. Rik has now become Ritchie Twat (pronounced Thwaite, according to him), while Ade has now been christened Eddie Elizabeth Ndingombaba. But in reality only the names of changed, be cause their small minded megalomania is completely untouched, although they now have the remit to practice their gruesome magic on the unlucky travellers who happen across their paths. You could not imagine more undesirable hosts, and Ritchie and Eddie bully, rob and pry in on all who darken their doors, and are among the most sadistic and venomous brutes you will ever have seen. And really that's about all there is to this entire sad episode, apart from plenty of luminous green vomit, bizarre scenes of pain and VIOLENCE, VIOLENCE, VIOLENCE. All taste and decency which Mayall and Edmondson have at times hinted that they may have is abandoned completely as they let their foul imagination run completely riot with their new environment. It's chaotic, completely indisciplined and totally over the top, with no pretence of subtlety WHATSOEVER. They let the freedom go to their heads and saw no need to worry about the normal sharp focus and standards of the standard half hour episode of Bottom. Their 'art' undoubtedly suffers from this lack of control and subtlety, and really Guest House Paradiso is a monstrous, bizarre accident which has already happened, a great, heaving bloody mess without a single redeeming feature. It's a free running belch in the face of all right thinking people everywhere and while the loud and blaring violence is at times moderately amusing, after 90 minutes of no changes in pace or approach things just become VERY irritating indeed. It's a great shame, because Mayall and Edmondson were brilliant in their day and created a whole new style of comedy, but Guest House Paradiso is just an enormous wasted opportunity, which makes you want to be as sick as some of the poor unfortunates who inhabit Ritchie and Eddie's terrible abode. Those who love Rik and Ade and adore their works may slag me off for being po faced, but they're just conning themselves - Guest House Paradiso is abysm al. It's a great shame, because the premise had the potential to be quite interesting and entertaining. If a bit more restraint and a bit less repulsive behaviour had been present, then Guest House Paradiso could have brought home the bacon. However, Mayall and Edmondson are like two big schoolboys who have found a giant sweet jar. They simply cannot resist going completely over the top with the sweeties at their disposal and just end up surrounded with a foul pile of sick to remember things by.

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              04.02.2002 23:53
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              After reading some of the other so called Bottom fans revies, I've decided that it's my turn to give my tuppence worth! This film is nowhere near as bad as it's being made out to be. Yes its crude. Yes its crass, but it doesn't make a point of trying to hide this fact, and to be honest, if you're a fan of the Bottom series, then you'll know what to expect (and it's probably the reason that you're thinking of watching the film!) Rik Mayall and Ade Edminson ressurect the characters of Richie and Eddie for the first Bottom movie. The movie is also directed by Ade. It follows the story of Richie and Eddies hotel, the Guest House Paradiso of the title. To be honest there is no real storyline throughout, just the usual shenanigans, bad language and violence that we've come to expect from Rik and Ade, but it's for this reason that the film is so enjoyable and why all Bottom fans should have it in their collections. I should stress though, that if you are offended in any way by bad language or toilet humour, then DO NOT SEE THIS FILM! The end sequence alone will have you reaching for the remote! It wont be everyones cup of tea, but if your looking for a mindlessly funny movie to pass some time with your mates with, then Guest House Paradiso is it. Get a few beers in, get your mates round and marvel at how funny two grown men smashing each others faces in with a fire extinguisher and a pot can be!

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                17.01.2002 22:39
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                I have this very irritating habit of walking into a room, where a film being shown on the television has been on for around 30 minutes. I always end up sitting down and watching it and therefore seeing the middle section and the ending without ever seeing the beginning. Almost every time this happens it annoys me that I've missed the opening. Not with Guest House Paradiso. I wished I'd never seen the rest of the film for that matter, or even heard about it. I was a happy, good humoured and healthy seventeen year old male when I walked in on four friends watching 'Guest House Paradiso' at 10.30pm Thursday 22nd November (I have no idea when the date was, but I thought it would make it more effective if it seemed I did). Around 45 minutes later, I was a tormented, ill and manic depressive seventeen year old male going to bed. Most of the opinions I have read on this film have begun with the line, 'Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Bottom, but this...' I confess, I am not a fan of Bottom. Mainly because I have never watched an episode of it, so I'm afraid I cannot draw comparisons between that to this. But for those of you like me who have never seen Bottom, it consists of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson hitting each other over the head with frying pans to sound of a large 'DONG!' and generally causing pain and laughs. 'Guest House Paradiso' contains these two comedians. They run a hotel with the same name as the title, and it is run down and not surprisingly attracts few guests, and those who do stay there end up wanting to leave sharpish. Think Faulty Towers meets, well Bottom. The plot revolved around this idea, and the fact that the guests ate radioactive fish, were insluted by messers Mayall and Edmonson accompanied by a few 'DONG!'s as heads meet with frying pan/wall/shovell. Oh...I almost forgot, the biting of one's nether regions accompanied by a 'CRUNCH !'. Eventually, all the guests begin to feel ill because of the fish and throw up. Well not exactly throw up, more 'spurt gallons of green goo'. This final 'set piece' finishes with a large ball of green goo/vomit rolling down the stairs and knocking someone into the sea. Ha ha Well, while I sat and watched this rubbish, my comrades were strangely laughing. One moment seemed to hit their funny bone. Mayall and Edmonson were crawling around in the dark holding candles, and suddenly Mayall, in the front, screams. He turns to Edmonson: 'Candle in my eye!' he splutters pointing to his eye. Edmonson duly thrusts his candle into Edmonson's eye. Ha ha I should think you're getting the hang of this film now. It is like a kind of S&M comedy where pain+over-the-top-soundeffect+scream = joke. This cartoonish fun, when done well, can be very funny. In this film it is not. At all. The only reason this films gets one star at all, is there is one genuinly funny moment. Mayall is looking down through a hole in a bedroom ceiling where SImon Pegg (he, very funny man, of the brilliantly funny 'Big Train' and 'Spaced') is sleeping. Mayall wants the videotape clutched in Pegg's hand, so he lowers a fishing rod and thinks the hook has caught on the video. Unbeknown to him, it has actually caught onto Pegg's nipple ring, and Mayall (oblivious to this) pulls the sleeping Pegg up using the fishing rod. If these sort of jokes, people spouting green vomit, pain and trash make you laugh, then look at the video cover to the film. If none of the above forms part of your sense of humour, never set eyes upon this film ever. DO NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT IT. I hope to God, 'Guest House Paradiso 2: They're back! 'DONG!' OUCH!' is not in production! final note: please do not confuse with 'Cinema Paradiso' this is a GOOD film. go od word to use when talking about this film to clever people: puerile good word[s] to use then talking about this film to normal people: utter bollocks

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                  22.08.2001 05:32
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                  Thirty years ago, the archetypal rock and roll guitar slinger, Dave Edmunds, blessed the world with a solo album stylishly titled 'Subtle As A Flying Mallet'. Now that would have been a pretty wonderful subtitle for 'Guest House Paradiso', the cinematic debut of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmundson's 'Bottom' wonderworld, except it wouldn't have been a flying mallet in the title, it would have been a flying toilet, because in truth the humour of the Mayall and Edmondson never wanders far away from the inside of the water closet. If you've never happened by the particular worldview of our fine, foul mouthed force (and there may actually be one or two deprived souls out there), the talent of Ade and Rik lies in updating the sort of slapstick made very popular by the comedians of the silent cinema with their own extremely individual brand of malice aforethought. And what the pair unashamedly serve up their audience here is a straight, but very riotous, recreation of their TV show, only enhanced by the panorama and breadth of the big screen. You get exactly what you would expect from Ade and Rik, no more and no less - if you like the TV show you'll love this film, but if they leave you cold then this 90 minutes will be as popular with you as a cup of cold sick. Here. though, Richie and Eddie (as they readily become) have exchanged their seedy little flat in West London for their own guest house (that of the title) set somewhere near the coast in the shadow of a nuclear power plant, but if anything the affluence of being property owners has made their little abide a wee even more sleazy and unpleasant than their more modest accommodation in the capital. Certainly Richie and Eddie are no different whatsoever from their small screen personas apart from their ready eye for the main chance and committing unpleasant extraction of their guest's belongings whenever the chance permits. In fact, th eir ceaseless pursuit of their clients is particularly nasty and there's absolutely no holds barred in the abuse meted out, although Richie and Eddie preserve their worst physical assaults for each other, although early doors Richie's index finger makes violent contact with the eyeball of a female guest. Don't expect any details about plotline here because there is nothing on show even attempting to masquerade as such and plots ain't what Richie and Eddie are about, just premeditated and very flash set piece violence. I loved the Young Ones, tolerated Filthy Rich and Catflap and grew to adore Bottom, but Guest House Paradiso is just one enormous messy chaotic fart joke without any punchline and the last ten minutes or so are actually gut wrenchingly sickening, even for this pair. You thought the projectile vomit in The Exorcist was harrowing? You've seen nothing like the luminescent green squirts that are on show here FROM EVERYONE. In fact, it's just SO OVER THE TOP that you could be forgiven for thinking that Mayall and Edmondson are actually taking the rise out of themselves taking the rise out of themselves (Got that? Good, now can you explain it to me?) They're either so bloody carried away with the rampant possibilities that film has given them or they're just taking the p***. I actually think they believe this sort of stuff is funny - I know that the dave27-ettes found it absolutely HILARIOUS, but anyone over about eight is going to find it just immature and foolish. (Look, I knew Lewis dave27 is 11, but he acts like he's about six at times, so what do you expect?) It wouldn't be so bad if they just used the joke and just left it, but they revel in twisting and turning their way back over the same footsteps again and again, wringing every last grim smirk out of the situation. It's almost macabre the glee they extract out of this sort of situation, but it's faintly distu rbing as well and I really think that the Brothers Grimm have overstepped the mark this time. What you get right from the first minute is absolutely dire slapstick with a massive preponderance on the slap. Green pea soup may be tremendously amusing in short spasms, but when you get six or seven non stop minutes of this sort of thing, it just gets faintly boring. I'm sorry about this, because I love Mayall and Edmondson in most of what they have done, but THIS IS A MISTAKE, plain and simple. Now, let's just rewind for a second or two here to make sure that dave27 isn't being a little on the harsh side here, because Mrs D and Lewis say I'm going a bit over the top and that there are some funny bits in this film.... Okay, if you find Richie in a red satin bikini with spikes on, or getting zapped by a dildo, or hiding in a bedside cabinet that gets set on fire, or posing as a short sighted dentist funny, then I'm wrong... If you find Eddie asleep on the back of a speeding motorbike, or stealing fish, or appearing as a toga clad virgin in Richie's dazed stupor, then I'm wrong.... But if you find dull and obvious jokes just a bit boring, then I'm right and you know damn well that I am... Goodnight, folks....

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                    When you hear of the Film “Guest House Paridiso” you might think this is an awful film, you may be right (so if you do don’t bother reading on). If however when you hear the of the Film “Guest House Paridiso” you think, wow a feature length “Bottom” episode from those talented comedians, Rik Mayal and Adrian Edmonson, then please read on this will be an informative review (otherwise I would not bother reading on as you probably would not like the film). ** A little about the Film ** Guest House Paradiso for those who have not seen it is basically a feature length episode of Bottom, one of the crudest TV shows to ever be on BBC2. The film is basically a bit more crude a bit more rude and has a larger budget that the TV series had! This just adds to the effects being just that little bit better than they are in the TV series. The film contains all of the usual antics from Ritchie and Eddie, basically beating the crap out of each other at every opportunity (this is very well choreographed). ** Special Effects ** The special effects are not that great, but then Bottom was very cheaply made and it would not be right if everything was too good. The stunts that were performed were very good, as were the typical fight scenes between Eddie and Ritchie! ** Cast ** Rik Mayal – Ritchie Twat (pronounced Thwait!) Adrian Admonson – Eddie Simon Pegg (from Spaced, the Channel Four Comedy Series) ** My Thoughts ** If you didn’t like Bottom or The Young Ones than this is certainly not a film that you should watch. But if you did, then this is more of the great (well disgusting humour) that was displayed in these TV shows. I would describe this film as a feature length version of Bottom, with a higher budget. But I would recommend that you watch the Bottom Live videos, they are much better! Worth a watch, but don’t spend the Earth to view this… ************* Spoiler Warning: Don’t read on, the following will reveal the story and the plot! ************* Well if you believe all that rubbish about story and plot, this is Bottom, there is hardly any story and they left the plot at home. OK, give the film some credit, it is quite funny, if that is your sort of thing! ** The Film ** Ritchie and Eddie, as you may know from Bottom now for some reason are running a hotel! This hotel is the cheapest in England (for a good reason), even the locals in the village deny of its existence! The first art of the film gets you acquainted with the location of the Hotel (next to a Nuclear Power Station!) and how is run (almost Fawlty Towers, but much, much worse!). Eddie spends much of the time insulting the guests and spying on them in their rooms through a maze of tunnels in the walls and roof of the hotel. Eddie spends most of his time drunk (nothing unusual there then!). They have several guests at their hotel, two Honeymooners (who Ritchie is disgusted to find that they have been having sex all day!), an old Lady (who is resident at the hotel), a family and a Female Italian Movie star (running away from her drug smuggler fiancé, who thought this would be the perfect place to hide! Who was describe as “The nipples from Naples” etc…). The Hotel has run out of food (as the Chef has eaten all of the food and left!), while fighting Ritchie and Eddie find some fish for the guests dropped out of a Lorry from the Nuclear Plant. These get fed to most of the guests. Later the Fiancé of the Italian Movie Star comes looking for her. He isn’t very nice as you may guess and as it is put by Eddie “He’s Bad!”. He eats some of the fish that is cooked for the guests, as the movie star didn’t eat hers. This eventually saves everyone, which I will explain later. Everyone suddenly starts to get ill, this is a mystery, which Eddie a nd Ritchie are not too bothered about! Eventually, when some workers from the Nuclear Power Plant come over for their weekly lock in they actually find out what is making everyone ill. The fish that were cooked got a dosage of radiation in a leak. Eventually the Nuclear Power Plant officials come to the Hotel and give Eddie, Ritchie and Movie Star £10 million and new identities and tickets to the Caribbean!

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                      25.07.2001 19:37
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                      I have been a fan of Rik Mayall and Ade Edmonson for ages, I loved the young ones (the second time around) and Bottom was just excellent. I had seen all the Bottom Live videos and thought the second one was the best.....and when rumours of a Bottom film came around I was so happy. Unfortunately none of my friends fancied the idea of going to see it in the cinema so I was left wanting.... I finally bought the video as it was on offer in HMV, I settled down to watch it preparing myself for the hilarity I'd come to expect from Ritchie and Eddie. The premise of the story is that Ritchie and Eddie have become managers of the worst hotel in the country (it is situated next to a nuclear power plant). Of course Ritchie is rude and obnoxious to all the guests and Eddie is always drunk. Ritchie has insulted the Chef so much that he has quit. So, therefore Ritchie and Eddie are left to run the hotel on their own. Enter the nice family, Ritchie forces them to hand over all their valuables for "safe keeping" (in the back pocket they go!) and is generally horrible to them. What no one expects is the arrival of Gina Carbonara (famous beautiful film actress) who is trying to escape from a marriage to a violent fiance and the world's media. Of course Ritchie drools over her and nothing is too much trouble for this model like rich guest. Ritchie is so shallow!!!!! Anyway the story goes on with the aftermath of a dodgy fish dinner, which frankly turned my stomach.... I was expecting lots of voilence, laughs and lots of inneuendo....which i usually find hilarious, which were there in barrel loads but for some reason I just didn't laugh!!!! I would probably have laughed if it had been an half hour episode of bottom but it just didn't work as a film. The whole story just wasn't really Bottom. I missed their grotty flat!!! I wouldn't really recommend this film and that is h ard for me to say, being such a fan of Bottom. But like I said this just wasn't the Bottom I'd known and loved!!!!!

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                        28.05.2001 23:31
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                        If you are familiar with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson's series 'Bottom', you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this film. ‘Guest House Paradiso’ is 'Bottom - The Movie' in all but name, and if you don't like the TV series, you won't stand a chance with the film. Just as with the TV series, Mayall and Edmonson co-write and co-star, with Edmonson directing. The home made feel of the film is kind of refreshing - a million miles from the polish of the average Hollywood production. However, I think it would have benefited no end had Edmonson and Mayall relinquished some of their creative control to script doctors and a ‘real’ director. The story follows Richie and Eddie, proprietors of the disgusting hotel 'Guest House Paradiso', and is standard farcical fare - think 'Fawlty Towers' but a tenth as well crafted and a hundred times more infantile. Edmonson and Mayall have always been known for their very straightforward approach to comedy, usually involving extreme violence and puerile jokes (think back to ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘The Dangerous Brothers’). You either love this sort of thing or hate it; I fall somewhat grudgingly in the ‘love it’ camp. I know its not clever, and doesn't demand great skill or timing, but I was crying with laughter during their long fight in the hotel kitchen. However, you can't rely on slapstick violence to carry a ninety-minute film. Much of the remaining comedy misses the mark, gags which should be throwaway become overstated and forced. Mayall and Edmonson fail to maintain the intensity of their comedy, and the film ends up being very patchy. Despite all it's failings, I found Guest House Paradiso extremely funny at times, but then I'm easily amused. Approach this film with caution - if you are unfamiliar with Mayall and Edmonson's style, you'd be better off watching an episode or two of 'Bottom' where they seem far more at home and their comedy is more successful. If you are already a fan of 'Bottom' you'll undoubtedly enjoy this, but like me will probably be a little disappointed.

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                          19.03.2001 21:21
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                          Although I quite enjoyed the Young Ones and Bottom, guest house paradiso is a rather unoriginal dodgy morph of Faulty Towers and The young ones. Unfortunately, comedy and humour have moved on a bit since the eighties, and Rick Mayall is just the same rather annoying character that he always tends to play. I am not saying that people will find it totally unfunny, as it has it's moments, but on the whole it's just more of the same, and it's humour is running fairly thin, like a bad joke that has been told once too many! It is essentially the Faulty Towers scenario, which is in my opinion, a bad move-they shouldn't have made the film without making more distiction from Faulty Towers. Rick Mayall is running a dodgy hotel, with an equally crazy PA, Vivian from Young Ones. The hotel is right next to a nuclear power station. It is the cheapest in the South, so they do get a few guests. It then shows how they 'run' the hotel, which is basically much like Faulty Towers, but far sillier, which renders it utterly rediculous! Much mad antics results in the guest being fed nuclear contaminated food, which causes serious problems. It results in the hotel being shut down, and Rick and co being re-habilitated somewhere far far away... I feel it is time for the Young ones crowd to sit down, and try to come up with some fresh ideas, different characters etc, to take their comedy in a new direction for the 21st century. Sorry guys, this style- it's just not as funny as it used to be, with things like Trigger happy TV, and Ali G.

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                            05.03.2001 22:56
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                            This film was i suppose in a way what i expected, but i thought it would be alot better. I have to say i only laughed once or twice throughout the whole film, and for a comedy that isn't much. Seeming bottom has been one of the best comedy shows for years i really did expect more. Well, anyway, the film is about richie and eddie and they have brought a hotel and they call it guest house paradiso (the name of the film). It has been voted the worst hotel in the country and it never has any customers except one old forgetful lady. But all in one day they get quite a few customers come and they just can not handle everything because they sacked the chef and butler. So they have to try and do everything on there own. Things get worse when they find out that they have no food so they can not give anyone any food. And with a famous sexy actor staying there to get away from the media and her future husband who is also famous. So because they have no food and there are no shops around they are stuck. Until they go outside to see aload of trucks coming and as one goes around the corner fish fall out, so they keep the fish and end up cooking it and giving to to everyone. Only to find out there is something wrong with the fish and it has some sort of chemicals in it and it is very deadly. So all the customers become ill and end up throwing up all this green stuff. But it isn't just a little bit, they bring up loads at a time and it ends up flooding in this green sick. And thats about it really, except just a few other little incidents. I dont rate this film much even being a bottom fan i will give it 6/10!

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                              21.01.2001 21:46
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                              The actual TV programme of bottom was great TV. The mish mash of comedy violence and genuine humour was a hit with me and no doubt many others. When i saw this film advertised on Sky Box Office i thought "great, lets watch this, a whole hour and a half of Bottom", so i plugged in my phone cable and the film was ordered. When the time came for the film to start me and about 5 of my mates were all sat there in anticipation of what was to come. The film starts and immeadiately its obvious that the film actually lacked any of the humour normally associated with Bottom. I probably laughed about 10 times during the whole duration of the film, a few times at the plain stupidity of the storyline and the rest because it was remotely funny. This film is not a patch on the television series that came before it. I don't know whether they changed the writers or whether it is just the commercialism of the film world that made it different. I have to say that unless you are truly a die hard fan of Bottom or simply looking for a cure for insomnia then i would catergorically state that this film is RUBBISH!

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                              Richie and Eddie own the worst hotel in the UK, Guest House Paradiso, which borders a nuclear power plant. The illegal immigrant chef has fled and the guests are long gone, but when a famous Italian film star, Gina Carbonara, who is in hiding from a fiance she doesn't want to marry, arrives at the hotel things get very interesting!