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Trapped in Paradise
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|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Jon Lovitz, Jack Heller, George Gallo, Mike Steiner, Jeff Levine, Sandra Myers, Jack N. Green, Kirk Dunn, Dana Carvey, Richard B. Shull, Blanca Jansuzian, David Permut, Ellen Fontana, Jon Davison, Nicolas Cage, Florence Stanley, David Coatsworth, Mabel See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 51 minutes|
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Three Small time crooks who happen to be brothers (Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz) pull of a bank robbery in a town called Paradise. As they desperately try to get out of town, the three became trapped by a snow storm and the unexpected kindness of the townsfolk. They soon realize they have no choice but to put all the money they've stolen back in the bank. Now if they can just slip away from their new friends long enough to break back in.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1, 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 024543102021
- Director : George Gallo
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 51 minutes
- Release date : June 1, 2004
- Actors : Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Richard B. Shull, Jack Heller
- Dubbed: : English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : David Coatsworth, David Permut, Ellen Fontana, George Gallo, Jon Davison
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00020HAZG
- Writers : George Gallo
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,813 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018
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Trapped in Paradise falls into the trope of Christmas redemption movies, wherein three brothers (played by Nic Cage, Dana Carvey, and Jon Lovitz) in varying stages of moral decay decide to rob a small town bank on Christmas Eve. Things go haywire, of course, and the brothers are forced to come to terms with who they are and how their actions impact others.
The humor is all over the place, but usually is in the form of quips between the brothers, which is sometimes smile-worthy, but falls short when compared to the circumstantial humor and site-gags, which play out better. Also, it has to be said that this IS a Nic Cage movie, with all that entails. He's just as over the top here as he is anywhere else. If you don't like Nicholas Cage (or cannot tolerate him), then you probably won't like this movie. Dana Carvey comes off a little over the top, but then settles into his role as the movie progresses. His character here is nowhere near the quality of Garth Algar or George Herbert Walker Bush impersonation, but it's likable.
And that's a good word for this movie: likable. It's not hilarious, it's not the greatest Christmas tale ever told, and it's not even particularly well acted (the town members are probably the best actors in the bunch). It also suffers for an unnecessary and poorly-explained romance between Nic Cage and one of the townsfolk, but that's Hollywood for you. Despite these shortcomings, the movie overall feels complete and of good cheer. Worth it if you're looking for something different this holiday season, or just want to pull an old Nic Cage movie out of the vault.
This is a great example of "weird" acting by people you may recognize as great, or at least famous, actors.
Jon Lovitz hasn't changed much, but Dana Carvey certainly plays his role goofy for comedy's sake, but I have no idea what Nicholas Cage is doing in this one.
He starts pretty sane, and then kicks off like he just re-discovered cocaine, and then just when you think he's going to even out, he wildly bounces back and forth between personalities.
The actual over-complicated story of these guys robbing a small town bank and being at the mercy of those they robbed, confronted with the moral implications of their theft versus their own personal adversities is pretty interesting, but the palatable depth of the story is overriden by a lot of comedy, some of which doesn't land, and some of which is weighed down by the situations.
I don't think anyone is going to hate this movie, but there are just so many other things to watch.
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Nic Cage plays Bill Firpo, a guy struggling to make ends meet and also struggling to play it straight unlike his two jailbird brothers (Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey). When he meets them on their release from prison they con him into helping them commit a bank robbery. A perfect robbery on account of the fact that the bank is a small town one staffed by trusting hicks with minimal security
Despite the robbery being a walkover everything else goes wrong and circumstance piles upon circumstance to ensure that our anti heroes remain in town and need ever more help from the people that they have robbed. Of particular note is the sequence where they crash their car and get picked up by a good samaritan who ferries them straight to the bank president's house where they are plied with clothes and dinner. During the dinner conversation they learn what consequences their robbery will have for the bank and the town. Watching them squirm as the implications of their actions sink in is an uncomfortable delight.
The pace of the film never really lets up as the brothers are pursued by Richard Jenkins's FBI agent, the cons who were originally going to rob the bank and a couple of rogue hick deputies. Their attempts to escape involve a car, a boat and a horse drawn sleigh which adds an extra touch of originality to the car chase.
Cage is good. Lovitz and Carvey are a tad irritating but redeem themselves in the end.
It could have been corny but it manages to escape that trap. Definitely one for the Christmas shelf in your DVD cabinet.
It's basically a slapstick updated take on the old three stooges concept with Nicolas Cage being the straight man (Bill) to his gormless and exceedingly irritating two brothers. I suppose for those who enjoy that genre of movie then it's fine, give it a go.
Bill's brothers are released on parole and immediately con him into helping them rob a vulnerable small town bank. But the script is lightweight, trite and very predictable. Yes, it had its mildly amusing moments, but insufficient to alleviate the tedium.
Every character is somewhat of a caricature. Presumably, this is intended as the basis of the humour but in practice merely comes across as a tired spoof of the fifties movies.
I purchased the DVD on the basis of the good reviews, hoping that Nicolas Cage gave it some credibility. It didn't work for me, and it's not one I'll keep in my Christmas collection!