Guest House Paradiso

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Guest House Paradiso
Guest House Paradiso.jpg
Directed by Adrian Edmondson
Produced by Phil McIntyre
Written by Rik Mayall
Adrian Edmondson
Based on Bottom by Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall
Starring Rik Mayall
Adrian Edmondson
Music by Colin Towns
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
3 December 1999
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £3,000,000

Guest House Paradiso is a 1999 British slapstick black comedy film written by and starring comic duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, and directed by Edmondson—his directorial debut for a feature film.[1]

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", despite this difference, both characters retain the same personalities as their TV counterparts. The film was made at Ealing Studios and on location on the Isle of Wight.


Richard "Richie" Richard (Mr Twat/Thwaite) and Edward "Eddie" Elizabeth Ndingombaba Hitler (Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson) run the worst guest house in the United Kingdom ("You're not in any of the guidebooks. Nobody for miles around—an oasis of calm. Even the peasants in the village denied its existence."), next to a poorly-maintained nuclear power station. The chef is unable to cook and is both an idiotic drunkard and an illegal immigrant who eventually leaves because he isn't being paid, the waiter is missing too; Richie believes he's in the hospital ("I'll have to phone the psychiatric hospital, he's probably checked himself in again!"), but in reality he has also quit, because of nonpayment and also verbal abuse from his boss. The guests (one played by Bill Nighy) are thoroughly dissatisfied by the poor service, and all decide to leave, except for "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 while 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 a radiation leak had contaminated the fish until after they've served it to the guests.

Hours later, everybody is violently ill from the radioactive fish and projectile-vomiting at high velocity and in huge quantities—all except for Gina Carbonara, apparently the only guest who did not eat the fish; in an act of spontaneous solidarity (no other guests have had any contact with Gino), every guest projectile-vomits on him at once, forcing him backwards, out through a window and off a cliff edge into the ocean. Government agents arrive to hush up the incident and give Eddie and Richie ten million pounds, first-class tickets to the Caribbean, 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. In the film's final scene, Eddie winks to the camera after commenting "How lucky he was the only fatality. Otherwise there'd be a moral question-mark hanging over our escape."



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."[2]


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