Injured while risking his life to save an angry German shepard, Chicago Firefighter Jack Moniker retires and moves to a small carribean island named St. Nicholas. There, he is befriended by the owner of a run-down resort, Ernest Reed. Greedy developers are schemeing to wrest Reeds coveted beach front property from him for non-payment of taxes. Jack comes to Ernests rescue, and together they renovate and reopen the resort catering to affluent Americans. The film follows the zany exploits of the proprietors, guests and various colorful island denizans, as they break in the new Club Paradise.
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Before Robin Williams solidly established himself as a star in "GoodMorning, Vietnam", he starred in several innocuously silly movies suchas "Club Paradise". He plays Jack Moniker, a Chicago firefighter whoretires and moves to the Caribbean island of St. Nicholas. There, hejoins up with tour guide Ernest Reed (Jimmy Cliff) and the two of themopen a wild business, with the help of Gov. Anthony Cloyden Hayes(Peter O'Toole). Once the rich American tourists start arriving, thehigh finks take off.The movie is mostly an excuse for a bunch of goofy things to happen,especially when the characters played by Eugene Levy and Rick Moranisembarrass themselves. True, Williams did better with some of his laterwork, but "Club Paradise" is still pretty funny.
I guess I'm an '80's boy because I have so much to remember, highschool graduation, college, Navy service etc. etc. Yet it is the moviesI remember the most and this is one of them.It is cute and fun and with some great actors playing, so what if itdidn't win any Oscars? Sure it wasn't gut bursting laughs by theminute, rather smiling all through the movie.No. It is all about the beautiful warm feeling you get, like comingdirectly from the Caribbean sun itself. Laid back, cool music and agood time.Pour yourself a drink (Bacardi perhaps?) watch it on a rainy winterevening with some company and you'll have a great time especially ifyou can remember yourself when you watched it for the first time.
This review is from: Club Paradise (DVD) you laugh from the beginning to the end... and you so enjoy Jimmy Cliffs presence, voice and music.Beautiful ocean viewsi really wish that the sound track was available!!
This movie is very funny and has a lot of potential. It is very interesting and is one of Robin Williams' best performances.
Club Paradise was a film of its time; Robin Williams at the height of his popularity, Twiggy at her most lovely, and Peter O'Toole at his most irascible. A recipe for success surely? No, Club Paradise bombed at the box office. The trouble was that despite a gorgeous location, fine music (and good acting) from Jimmy Cliff, and a strong social message, the film had no unifying theme. It was neither funny enough to exploit the natural abilities of its cast, nor was it serious enough to engage the more sober viewer. However, there are some fine comedic moments in the film, and some simply magical set pieces, especially the scene where Williams and O'Toole meet Twiggy for the first time. The drawback is that all the best scenes contain Peter O'Toole, who with effortless aplomb steals every scene in which he appears, a sort of forerunner to Alan Rickman in Die Hard, Robin Hood, etc. If you like Peter O'Toole, and somewhat heavy-handed humour, you will enjoy the film immensely, as I did. If not, you will spend one and a half hours trying to find somebody else to look at; it is not that the rest of the cast is poor, simply that O'Toole is the shark to the rest of the cast's minnows, and who looks for minnows when there is a shark in the water?
If your looking for a fun comedy, look no further. it is a laugh out loud type of movie. Five stars!
This review is from: Club Paradise (DVD) I love Robin Williams before he became what he is today. Not to say that he's not a good actor with "range" but who cares when you can put out films like this. This is a good date movie and something that could be watched more than once.
I was in my senior year of high school. A bunch of us loaded up in carsand drove to a movie theater in a nearby town. The school had only 150students and the town was/is still small. Anyway, we all went into themovie theater and before the movie started the class president who wasalso the clown decided to introduce us as the Class of 87 and this wasour senior nite out. He proceeded down the line with all of the classand told people their names nicknames. A few minutes later the manager came out and told us we'd better behaveor get thrown out.That alone made this movie memorable too me.
I call this movie an old faithful because i know if i feel like a laugh this movie is the one. Robyn Williams is great in this with his quick comebacks and his ability to mimic his english co-stars as he does when giving peter o'toole a bit of cheek,Mr o'toole is also great as always.All the other cast members are excellent and the music is the best. If you love robyn williams or just like to watch something different this movie is the one,especially if you just need a laugh it wont dissapoint.I want the cd if anyone knows how to get it please help..
first - the soundtrack. various great songs by jimmy cliff. thesoundtrack was released on LP and cassette and is quite hard to find.other than the tape, i have not heard any of the jimmy cliff songsbefore. second, great quotes by rick moranis and eugene levy, mostreferring to marijuana. very funny stuff!! (things like, "we want abag, a big bag, no sticks or stems") third, a great political plotabout revolution against the colonizing powers of europe fits well withwhat was happening in central America and the caribbean during the late70s and 80s. sure, robin williams has an annoying role in this movieand a lot of his jokes are terrible... but you cant deny having thiscast rolled up with some great music!
This review is from: Club Paradise (DVD) This movie is so funny and it has a great cast. Robin Williams is at his finast in this movie. There are too many of the great funny people to list. Peter O'Toole brings his usual touch of class to the part. I highly recomend this original plot movie. I love the sound trac. the Island soul music is great.I think it is suitable for all ages. Good clean fun.
Many comedies require their own set of rating considerations. ClubParadise is one of those. This slips into the "guilty of mindless fun"category. The movie does not stand on a strong story. The charm is inits Carribbean setting, the mostly reggae soundtrack, Jimmy Cliff'scharacter and Robin Williams' character--while we're at it throw PeterO'toole in their too. Charm, charm, charm. The writing is borderlineoffensive, that is, if you watch the film with a highly critical mind.One might complain that dangerously negative stereotypes abound in thisfilm. Maybe they do. My suggestion is to enjoy the popcorn and let thelaughter roll. You can feel guilty later. Fun stuff.
This review is from: Club Paradise (Amazon Instant Video) Skip this one. You have got to be kidding, 17 words. This is the last time I will do this.
This review is from: Club Paradise (DVD) This movie is a must for people like my husband and myself. We experienced life "in the islands." We lived on a small island in Caribbean in the 80's and loved the life...we stayed 8 years and returned for 2 more years in 2004 ... like scenes in the movie we suffered "upper class British types and "let's save the world and the natives" types like Jack Moniker (Robin Williams; tourist types like Carol White (Andrea Martin);heard and used phrases like "cool vibes", had daily bouts with inconsistent water pressure; toilets backing up; met the Prime Minister who was also the Finance Minister, Minister of Tourism and Treasurer! We learned to relax and appreciate that "soon come" meant anything from minutes to hours to days, and that there was nothing that we could do to change it! The cast and "crew" were exemplary in their depiction of over the top patrons of a "Third World" tourist resort. Like Jack I have often wondered where the other two worlds were????? The two Barry's were a hoot ..who didn't meet guys like these in bars in the 80's???? Andrea Martin and Brian Doyle Murray were a fun bunch. Peter O'Toole's portrayal of a tired washed up aristocrat who could live nowhere else but on "the islands" was so accurate. People thinking of buying this DVD should bear in mind the fact that this is life as it was in the islands in the 80's when anyone with money could start a resort and did! We purchased a DVD version of the movie as our video copy was showing signs of age and repeated viewing. When we want a jolt of "reality" and a good belly laugh we watch Club Paradise. It should come with a warning...only for those with island experience!!!!
This is a classic movie with tons of classic one liners. I think it is looseley based on "Don't stop the Carnival." For you Parrotheads out there you would love this show. "I think those two hairy guys are looking at us MMMMEEEEAAAT! MMMMEEEAAAAT!""I could watch it over and over if it wasn't for this diarhea.
At the video store, I never can choose right away. When I got Club Paradise, I definatly couldn't decide.Robin Williams plays a retired fireman who starts his own resort on an island, and the mishaps are endless!! I didn't laugh very much throughout the whole movie, and found the beginning to hazzy and hard to understand. Even the all-star cast of Joanna Cassidy, Rick Moranis, Peter O' Toole, and more didn't help one bit. Not even the spoof of "The Gods Must be Crazy" to end the fiasco didn't lend a hand.To cap it off, don't see Club Paradise.
This review is from: Club Paradise (DVD) I have not recieved my purchase yet there fore i will not be purchasing any more items off this site.
This review is from: Club Paradise (DVD) One of those great Robin Williams films where Williams just acts without hamming up every scene. A cute comedy with adult overtones. A film to be remembered.
The whole cast of second city, plus Robin Williams and Peter O'Toole, thisis a treat to watch, fun one liners, great scenery, cool music. It quicklybecame one of my fav's !This is not a big budget film but it soon becomes as friend that you can'twait to see again.
Club Paradise has all the right people in it. The perfect cast: RobinWilliams; Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis as a couple of losers who think allthe women love them; and the hilarious Andrea Martin as the wild wife of aboring businessman. Match that with the great direction of Harold Ramis(Vacation, Caddyshack), and a script by Brian-Doyle Murray (Bill'sbrother)and you have the makings of a hit! Maybe not. This is one of those moviesthat was non-stop laughter on the set, but not in the theaters. The storywasn't much, but this movie was more of a collection of one-liners andfunnysketches than of plot development. If you put all that important stuffaside, you have a great movie that is just plain fun to watch. I love itandI highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching old SCTV re-runs andSaturday Night Live.