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Paradise Motel (1985)

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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... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Kehoe
Robert Krantz ...
Mick Thurster
Jonna Leigh Stack ...
Laura Phillips
Bob Basso ...
Mr. Kehoe
Dena Tencate ...
Vicki Meyers
Colleen McDermott ...
Debbie Meyers
Shooter Spinelli
Rick Gibbs ...
Danny Williams
Coach Martins
Laurie Gould ...
Mrs. Kehoe
Kelly Holland ...
Coach's Wife (Betty)
Meredith Duncan ...
Ordelle Smith ...
Phillo Bumsteader ...
Pool Player #1
Joseph Richards ...
Pool Player #2


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 <>

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


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 »


Performed by Rick White
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28 March 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Just judging by the title and the cover illustrations, I thought Paradise Motel was an 80's beach romp, something on the order of 'Private Resort.' But actually, I was only half right.

Paradise Motel is a coming-of-age 80s teen romp. The main character, Sam, is the new guy in town. He lives at the Paradise Motel, which his father owns. Desperate to make new friends, and vulnerable to a bunch of trash talking cool guys from his high school, Sam gets cozy with Mick, Danny, and Shooter, three of the horniest guys I've probably ever seen in an 80s teen movie (including Porky's). Mick, a coniving sneak who claims to be Sam's friend, bargains with Sam to let the guys use the honeymoon suite to entertain their many girlfriends (ala 'The Apartment'), so long as they keep Sam's dad from finding out. Meanwhile, Sam's trying to work out his own girl problems, hoping to get the attention of the formidable Laura, who is currently involved on her own. Amidst the occurrences with the hotel and the ritual teen hijinks, you have your typical 80s teen movie. It's somewhat reminscint of Martha Coolige's "The Joy of Sex," except minus the stupid humor. If this is the genre you typically search for, you'll probably be pleased.

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