Club Paradise (1986)

“[takes a breath in the oxygen mask, then to Earnest, in a high voice] Now you stay here and honk if there’s any troub… [realizes his voice is higher] Wait a minute! [takes another breath in the mask, then annoyed] This thing’s helium. Goddamnit, I brought the wrong tank!” – Jack Moniker

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – After retiring, a Chicago fireman opens a resort in the Caribbean, but things don;t go as well as he would like.

My Take on it – This is a film that had so much more potential yet was wasted.

Robin Williams was an amazing comedian, but even he can’t make this film more watchable, especially when it’s even harder to imagine him as a firefighter.

The supporting cast is actually quite impressive which is even more baffling.

Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Peter O’Toole, Twiggy, Adolph Caesar, Joanna Cassidy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty and Brian Doyle-Murray are fun to watch here even if they don’t manage to help make things any more enjoyable to watch.

The film tries to hard to force the various jokes and most of them fall completely flat.

The various storylines all feel a bit too forced and this kind of story has been done much better before and afterwards.

The fact that this film was directed by Harold Ramis and feature numerous SCTV and National Lampoon’s people just doesn’t manage to work eventhough on paper, this was probably a winner.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was originally intended to star Bill Murray and John Cleese. In the end, their roles were filled by Robin Williams and Peter O’Toole respectively. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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