Monday, November 10, 2014

Trapped in Paradise (1994)

Director: George Gallo

Writer: George Gallo

Composer: Robert Folk

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey, Madchen Amick, Florence Stanley, Donald Moffat, Angela Paton, Vic Manni, Frank Pesce, John Ashton, Richard Jenkins

More info:  IMDb

Tagline: The story of a town that gave so much... Even these guys couldn't take anymore.

Plot: Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I'm a fan of a lot of these actors but gee whiz, what's going on with Dana Carvey in this?  His Mickey Rourke schtick works great for a five minute SNL sketch but not for a feature length movie like this.  He's annoying as fuck and I think this guy's one of the funniest cats on the planet.  Lovitz is great, though, and it's really neat seeing him get really dark as he did a couple of times in this.  Cage is fun but the good doesn't outweigh the mediocre and bad.  Robert Folk's score sounds like he's doing his best John Williams (which is really good, by the way), making it feel like a light-hearted comedy as it should.   But for fuck's sake is Carvey annoying after the first few minutes.  Geez!  The plot is by the numbers and one that you've seen a gazillion times.  You know it's going to end with the money going back and all is well with the brothers and with Cage getting the girl and you know who it is the second she's introduced.  I can't recommend this even to loyal SNL fans for back when the show was good.  The 20th Century Fox DVD is a flipper disc with the fullscreen version on one side and the widescreen version on the other.  The only extra is the anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailer.

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