Guest House Paradiso
|Guest House Paradiso|
|Directed by||Adrian Edmondson|
|Produced by||Phil McIntyre|
|Written by||Rik Mayall
|Based on||Bottom written by and starring Ade Edmondon and Rik Mayall|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||3 December 1999|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Guest House Paradiso is a 1999 British slapstick dark comedy written by and starring comic duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and directed by Edmondson - his directorial debut for a feature film. The film is semi-officially based on their comedy television series Bottom (in some territories, the DVD cover refers to it as The Bottom Movie). The key difference in the characters is in their surnames: Mayall's character, known as "Richard Richard" in the TV show, is here referred to as "Richard Twat" (although he regularly and angrily insists on the pronunciation "Thwaite"). Edmondson's character changes from "Edward Elizabeth Hitler" in the TV/live show to "Edward Elizabeth Ndingombaba". The film was made at Ealing studios and on location on the Isle of Wight.
Featuring images of Weston Manor in Totland, Isle of Wight in 1999, Richie and Eddie (Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson) run the worst guest house in the United Kingdom, neighbouring a poorly maintained nuclear power station. The chef is not only unable to cook, but is both an idiotic drunkard and an illegal immigrant and eventually leaves due to not being paid. The guests are totally unsatisfied (one of them played by Bill Nighy) at the poor service, and all decide to leave, except for one "Mrs Foxfur" (Fenella Fielding) who lives there.
Life seems bleak for Eddie and Richie, but things seemingly improve with the arrival of the "Nice family", with Simon Pegg playing the father. Furthermore, the famous Italian actress "Gina Carbonara" (Hélène Mahieu) comes to stay in the grotty house seeking safety from her ill-tempered fiancé Gino Bolognese (Vincent Cassel). However Gino does eventually find her at the guest house as Eddie and Richard had put her name up in lights outside in order to attract more guests. Later, Richie finds some fish, which fell off a military lorry heading away from the nuclear power station. Richie and Eddie don't realise that the fish had been contaminated by a radiation leak until they feed them to the guests. Hours later the guests are expelling huge quantities of green vomit at high velocity — all except for Gina Carbonara, apparently the only guest who did not eat the fish. In the resulting chaos, Gina's violent boyfriend is propelled out of a window into the sea by a tsunami of vomit from the rest of the guests and drowned. Government agents arrive to hush up the incident and give Eddie and Richie ten million pounds, first class tickets to a Caribbean island and new identities for both the duo and Gina in exchange for their silence over the leak. The three accept the offer, and head to the Caribbean.
- Rik Mayall as Richard Twat
- Adrian Edmondson as Eddie Elizabeth Ndingombaba
- Vincent Cassel as Gino Bolognese
- Hélène Mahieu as Gina Carbonara
- Bill Nighy as Mr Johnson
- Kate Ashfield as Mrs Simpson
- Simon Pegg as Mr Nice
- Fenella Fielding as Mrs Foxfur
- Lisa Palfrey as Mrs Nice
- Steve O'Donnell as Chef
Empire gave the film two stars out of five stating "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."