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Club Paradise
Robin Williams, Peter O?Toole, Jimmy Cliff,
Rick Moranis, Adolph Caesar, Twiggy, Andrea Martin
Directed by Harold Ramis
Written by Brian Doyle-Murray
Originally released 1986
Warner Home Video 2006
96 minutes

How can you possibly go wrong with such a strong cast of comedians? You would figure a movie with Robin Williams -yes, he can be uneven at times--, Peter O'Toole, Andrea Martin, the great Adolph Caesar (of A Soldier's Story fame), and all of the SCTV crew except John Candy and Dave Thomas, would manage to be funny. Unfortunately, comedy wise Club Paradise is all club and no paradise.

The premise for Club Paradise was decent. A Philadelphia fireman, Robin Williams as Jack Moniker, retires to the islands (here a badly disguised Jamaica canned Saint Nicolas) and, after a while lounging on the beach decides to open a vacation spot. For opening day, most of the SCTV cast, Joanna Cassidy, Steven Kampmann (he played Kirk Devane in the first Newhart season) show up and discover the brochure was a little misleading, "Private bath means the public does not have access to it." They try to make do and have fun anyways.

Director Harold Ramis and writer Brian Doyle-Murray try to shove as many non sequitur and cliché scenes as possible into Club Paradise. These include two dweebs trying to score weed and chicks, a couple who came to mend its marriage, a couple of single gals on the make, everyone's wish to go naked -you never see anything-and getting their clothes stolen, a bit of old world politics, some third world banana republic politics, a people's revolution, a reviewer from the New York Times Travel section, a British Governor, some rastas, a revolution, a counter-revolution, and a whole bunch of continuity mistakes, especially when it comes to what people are wearing.

If Club Paradise had been even somewhat enjoyable, it would have made for a fun little movie. Unfortunately, it is

How can you possibly go wrong with such a strong cast of comedians? You would figure a movie with Robin Williams -yes, he can be uneven at times--, Peter O'Toole, Andrea Martin, the great Adolph Caesar (of A Soldier's Story fame), and all of the SCTV crew except John Candy and Dave Thomas, would manage to be funny. Unfortunately, comedy wise Club Paradise is all club and no paradise.

The premise for Club Paradise was decent. A Philadelphia fireman, Robin Williams as Jack Moniker, retires to the islands (here a badly disguised Jamaica canned Saint Nicolas) and, after a while lounging on the beach decides to open a vacation spot. For opening day, most of the SCTV cast, Joanna Cassidy, Steven Kampmann (he played Kirk Devane in the first Newhart season) show up and discover the brochure was a little misleading, "Private bath means the public does not have access to it." They try to make do and have fun anyways.

Director Harold Ramis and writer Brian Doyle-Murray try to shove as many non sequitur and cliché scenes as possible into Club Paradise. These include two dweebs trying to score weed and chicks, a couple who came to mend its marriage, a couple of single gals on the make, everyone's wish to go naked -you never see anything-and getting their clothes stolen, a bit of old world politics, some third world banana republic politics, a people's revolution, a reviewer from the New York Times Travel section, a British Governor, some rastas, a revolution, a counter-revolution, and a whole bunch of continuity mistakes, especially when it comes to what people are wearing.

If Club Paradise had been even somewhat enjoyable, it would have made for a fun little movie. Unfortunately, it is not even forgettable.

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