Rated: R for nudity and sexual situations. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: October 14, 1994 Released by: Savoy Pictures
There are three stories in Eden. One about photojournalist Elliot Slater (Paul Mercurio) who is stalked by a diamond smuggler Omar (Stuart Wilson) for accidentally taking a picture of the smuggler. Next there is the story of Mistress Lisa (Dana Delany) who manages the sexual fantasy island and comes from a home without love and affections. Last, and best, is the comic team of Detectives Fred Lavery (Dan Aykroyd) and Sheila Kingston (Rosie O'Donnell) who travel to the island to capture Omar.
This is a little too much to follow, and the background story for Delany's character takes itself a little too seriously. O'Donnell and Aykroyd are the best part of the film. With a background of minimally clad young bodies they search the island for the infamous Omar. While the normal guests cavort with their assigned slaves, Aykroyd watches an old Doris Day movie and O'Donnell reads The Bridges of Madison Country. Aykroyd's character begins very uptight and uncomfortable but by the end of the film he is off for a vacation with his former wife and a bag full of sexual toys. O'Donnell and Aykroyd are also hilarious dressed for action in bondage costumes particularly in contrast to the young and beautiful visitors and staff around them.
Dana Delany looks terrific both in and out of her costumes. In fact, this film stretches nudity and sexual encounters a little further than most mainstream films.
The comedy is fine, the serious story is silly and the search for Omar is just background to hold the script together. This is an openly sexual film with comedy for balance.
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