Trapped in Paradise

5.91 h 51 min1994X-RayPG-13
HD. Three brothers rob a small-town bank on Christmas Eve, only to have their escape attempts stymied by the friendliness of the townspeople.
George Gallo
Nicolas CageJon LovitzDana Carvey
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John AshtonMadchen AmickDonald MoffatRichard Jenkins
Jon DavisonGeorge Gallo
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4.5 out of 5 stars

2032 global ratings

  1. 74% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
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Deb SReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's still a wonderful Christmas movie!
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Some Christmas movies just keep on giving... and this is one of them. So happy I purchased a copy for my DVD library.
IvyScissorReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is such a great movie
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This was a favorite from years ago.
What a great cast. Classic Nicholas Cage. Dana Carvey & John Lovitz are so funny and lovable. A great movie anytime of year. They don’t make movies like they used to.
William BurdgeReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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You'll have to like the movie and for me it's awesome
Milkyway Movie LoverReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just the facts...
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Don't watch this movie unless you love Christmas and love seeing people with the true Spirit of "selfless giving" in action. Because not only is it a fun and funny movie with loads of talent, it has the best Christmas scenes too! Seeing the people give their gifts to these 3 brothers just because they are in need of dry clothes after they end up crashing into the river, is so awesome! It's all part of the movie, that the people they stole from are the nicest people in the world, and truly celebrate Christmas in their hearts. It makes these 3 end up doing the right thing. But before they do, you'll be laughing more than once. At first you think no one could be that stupid, but thats why 2 of them were in Prison, but it works, the talent just makes it work, but mostly its just great fun. This movie is so re watchable, every year I enjoy it as one of the first Christmas movies I watch, just as the season nears. It isnt "only" about Christmas, but Christmas is played into it, so in a roundabout way, it's more of a Christmas movie than most proclaimed Christmas movies! They even get to evade the cops at one part by making off in a horse drawn sleigh, its just one more Chrismassy effect and thats part of how it stays so seasonal. If you dont like this movie, you were probably already miserable and nothing would have made you happy anyway! which is probably why some people give it only one or two stars. Nicolas Cage plays the straight guy, which works fine, and I'm sure there really are two characters out there somewhere in the world just like his 2 brothers, played by Lovitz and Carry. In that sense its believable. This would have easily been a 4 star movie, but some scenes are just too excellent, so you just have to throw that fifth star in there. Whether you buy it, rent it, or get it loaned for free, you'll enjoy it if you watch it! This is a movie that if my DVD got smashed somehow, I'd definitely buy another one. Dont be afraid to go for it. My only regret is they don't make more movies like this one!! and thats a fact. matter of fact, its certainly a one of a kind flick.
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Humberto VinasReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice comedy.
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Funny movie, and a good feeling movie.
JonathanReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Amusing Christmas Parable
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I saw Trapped in Paradise when it first came out, and then recently decided to revisit with my wife, as she had never seen it and I remembered finding it pretty funny when it first came out. After viewing it years later, it's still pretty amusing. It should probably be more like 3.5 stars instead of four, but Amazon don't play that way, so we will go with 3 and err on the side of caution.

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.
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Cris KamuraiReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
"Don't Believe in Paradise"
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Decent watch, could watch again, but can't recommend unless you just want to throw back to the early 90's.

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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Apolinar J. VelazcoReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Old movie but excellent comedia
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Good comedy 👍
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