"And as we always say at the Guest House Paradiso: Have fun, don't go in the water if you know what's good for you, and try not to get shit on the sheets!"Guest House Paradiso is a 1999 Slapstick comedy film written by and starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Directed by Ade Edmondson and also starring Simon Pegg, Vincent Cassel and Bill Nighy. An offshoot of Rik and Ade's series Bottom, it features main characters Richie and Eddie running a cheap and nasty hotel.
Very cheap. And very nasty.
Provides examples of:
- Adaptation Name Change: Richie's last name has been changed from Richard to Twat while Eddie used to be Hitler but is now Ndingombaba.
- An Aesop: Don't feed people food if you don't know where it came from.
- Hotels should not be built near power plants.
- Ass Shove: Eddie sends a pencil into Richie's back side (Pointy end first).
- Bad Liar: Eddie tries to pass off a gas explosion as "Basque, separatist mice."
- Bag of Holding: Eddie pulls a full pint mug of beer out his jacket. While on a motorbike that he can no longer steer.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Gino Bolognese. Not only is he violent, possessive, and a suspected drug runner, he also slept with all three bridesmaids the night before his and Gina Carbonara's wedding.
- Blind Without 'Em: Eddie's vision is extremely wavy without his glasses.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Eddie tries to get Gino to watch the language as they're trying to keep the film PG-rated. Gino apologies and swears regardless, prompting Eddie to shrug at the camera openly saying "I tried".
- Broad Strokes: In the TV series, Richie's surname is Richard, and Eddie's is Hitler. Here, Richie has the surname "Twat" (which he frequently insists is pronounced "Thwaite"), and Eddie "Ndingombaba."
- Country Matters: A Running Gag has people calling Richie Twat and him correcting them saying it's pronounced Thwaite. At one one point he corrects Gina but accidentally says it's pronounced Cunt.
- Deus ex Machina: Ends with government agents giving them £10 million and new identities.
- Double Entendre:Ms. Hardy: Do you have Lapsang-souchong?Richie: No. No-no-no-no-no. It's just that I put my underpants on back-to-front this morning.
- Edible Theme Naming: Both Gina and Gino's surnames are Italian foodstuffs.
- Establishing Character Moment: The film opens up with Richie muttering "You bastards" in his sleep. Eddie is shown sleeping on a motorcycle that's careening down a highway.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Richie and Eddie have been stealing from and abusing their guests the whole film, but they are nothing compared to Gino. Even Eddie is horrified by how he treats Gina.Eddie: He's bad!
- Eye Scream: Richie gets a lit candle in the eye at one point. When he explains to Eddie, Eddie thinks he wants another one.
- Glasses Curiosity: Related to the Blind Without 'Em entry above, Richie donned Eddie's glasses as a disguise. They were both rendered nearly blind as a result.
- Groin Attack: Eddie uses a pair of nutcrackers on Richie's privates; This soon turns into a gonad-kicking contest.
- Hilarious Out Takes: The "Arse Ups" on the DVD.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Gina thinks the pervy, condescending Richie is a sweet man, and believes she can trust Eddie with her identity, only moments after meeting him. (Compared to Gino, however, those two are saints).
- Hypocritical Humor: Richie is always on the case of couples who come to his hotel hoping to have a sexual escapade. He himself is a total deviant, to the point where he steals a guest's underwear and fondles Eddie's penis.
- Indy Escape: From a giant ball of vomit.
- Insatiable Newlyweds: The Barkers. They spend all day in the honeymoon suite, coming down for supper, to Richie's shock.Richie: Well, what can I get you? Vitamins? Energy tablets? Fanny pump?
- Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: Subverted:Eddie: Is the Pope a Catholic?
Eddie: Is he? I never knew that.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Richie insists his surname is pronounced "Thwaite."
- Karma Houdini: Eddie and Richie are not nice people. They get two suitcases full of money and live the rest of their lives on a tropical island receiving blowjobs from Gina
- Lampshade Hanging: In the final scene, it is pointed out that it is lucky that only Gino died from the nuked fish, otherwise there would have been a moral question mark over our "heroes"' escape. Sadly, we only have Eddie's word for it; it sounds more like he's trying to convince Gina.
- Last Words: Hilariously Gino, before being knocked off the cliff-side into the ocean below.Gino: All I wanted was a shag!
- The Mean Brit: Richie is even worse than Basil Fawlty in that a lot of what he does would make the United Nations wet their pants.
- The Men in Black: The government swoops in to perform a Big Damn Heroes move.
- No Endor Holocaust: In the Post Credits Scene, Gina says that Gino was the only person who died.
- Threesome Subtext: The Post Credits Scene implies Gina takes turns with the duo.
- Vomit Chain Reaction: The guests, after being served radioactive fish.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: And the film is happy to show you the results. For about ten minutes solid.
- Whole Plot Reference: To Fawlty Towers. There's a nasty hotel manager, his long-suffering sidekick, a dodgy sign out front, a dotty old guest who drinks too much, an alcoholic chef who destroys most of the food, at least two couples with active sex lives and an attractive foreigner who gets sexually assaulted. Take away any sense of class or decorum and you've got this movie in a nutshell.
- Your Cheating Heart: It's mentioned that Mr. Johnson (Bill Nighy) is on holiday with his mistress. He's still far from the worst person in this film.