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Trapped in Paradise

Trapped in Paradise
Starring:
Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz and Nicolas Cage


Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 2, 1994 Released by:

Director George Gallo used 75,000 pounds of custom-made, biodegradable potato flakes for snow, 100,000 red, white, amber and green Christmas tree lights, and 24 ice wranglers working in subzero temperatures who cut through 18-inch thick ice with chainsaws to keep ice off the river which the three Firpo brothers used to attempt to escape from the town of Paradise. The actors worked in weather that was from zero to 40 degrees below. It wasn't worth it. This is one of the worst films of the year.

Alvin Firpo (Dana Carvey) wears thin five minutes into the film. His silly mugging of each scene goes on for nearly an hour. Dave Firpo (Jon Lovitz) irritates likes a canker sore and Bill Firpo (Nicolas Cage) just acts silly and out of control of his life.

The worst thing that can happen to a comedy is not to be funny. This one is a full blown dud with about three laughs. The best joke is about a dog with three legs called tripod.

The three brothers wander into Paradise after apparently being caught by a lost wallet at a crime scene. The town's people treat them like long lost relatives and the brothers, after robbing the bank and taking the town's funds, begin to feel guilty. After a short time of warm reception by the town, Bill plans to return the money. There is a corrupt and inept sheriff's department looking for them an a police force the size of an army comes from Pittsburgh to find them. It all works out fine for the town and the brothers.

The only people trapped in this film are the members of the audience. I couldn't wait to get out of Paradise.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Trapped in Paradise  D                        D 

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