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Paradise Motel (1985)

R | | Comedy | January 1985 (USA)
Sam Kehoe moves from Seattle to a new school in California. Trying to make friends, Sam manages to free up the honeymoon suite in his dad's motel so his friends are able to use the room for... See full summary »

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Sam Kehoe
Robert Krantz ...
Mick Thurster
Jonna Leigh Stack ...
Laura Phillips
Bob Basso ...
Mr. Kehoe
Dena Tencate ...
Vicki Meyers
Colleen McDermott ...
Debbie Meyers
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Shooter Spinelli
Rick Gibbs ...
Danny Williams
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Coach Martins
Laurie Gould ...
Mrs. Kehoe
Kelly Holland ...
Coach's Wife (Betty)
Meredith Duncan ...
Belly
Ordelle Smith ...
Lance
Phillo Bumsteader ...
Pool Player #1
Joseph Richards ...
Pool Player #2
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Sam Kehoe moves from Seattle to a new school in California. Trying to make friends, Sam manages to free up the honeymoon suite in his dad's motel so his friends are able to use the room for sex. Written by Eric LeSatz <eric@imagin.net>

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Where room service comes with more than a smile ...

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Feature film debut of J.J. Cohen. See more »

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When Sam drives the motel car to school on the second day, the life-size plastic hula girl is on top. But when he pulls up to park, it's back inside, where he had put it the day before. See more »

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Party Till We Die
Performed by The Rubinoos
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Not your typical teen sex comedy
8 February 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is much better than it has any right to be. Looking at the packaging and plot description you would expect it to be another of the endless series of teen sex comedies that flooded the shelves of video stores in the '80s.

It isn't. For one thing, it's really more of a drama than a comedy, although it has some genuinely funny moments (unlike 99% of those that truly call themselves comedies!) The likes of Porky's, Hot Moves, Going' All the Way, etc., were truly never really about anything other than horny teenagers doing whatever they could to get laid. The source of humour was usually the ridiculous situations they got themselves into while working toward that event. And these movies were like cartoons: nothing ever went so wrong that you heard about it in the next scene.

Paradise Motel, on the other hand, has multiple serious themes that it handles well considering the constraints of the budget. It deals with issues such as how far we'll go in order the fit in, the limits of male friendship, and features a touching and funny father-son relationship. The main character, for once, has more than sex on his mind, and this is a breath of fresh air for someone who believes that not all teenage boys are walking hard-ons.

There is some nudity, some laughs, and some touching moments.

I say check it out.


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