Screwball Hotel

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

After a military academy expels three young men--two interchangeable girl chasers (Michael Bendetti and Andrew Zeller) and a John Candy clone (Jeff Greenman)--and their parents kick them out, they head for jobs in a Florida hotel. They arrive to find the hotel under threat of foreclosure, but the owner, Mr. Ebbel (Kelly Monteith), is too busy with his voluptuous...read more

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After a military academy expels three young men--two interchangeable girl chasers (Michael Bendetti and Andrew Zeller) and a John Candy clone (Jeff Greenman)--and their parents kick them out, they head for jobs in a Florida hotel. They arrive to find the hotel under threat of foreclosure,

but the owner, Mr. Ebbel (Kelly Monteith), is too busy with his voluptuous secretary (Laurah Guillen) to worry. Unknown to Ebbel, his general manager (Stoner Ballinger) is planning a coup to take over the hotel. However, the resourceful new employees come up with their own plan to save the hotel,

opening a casino in the basement and offering entertainment. They convince the contestants in the Miss Purity Beauty Pageant (arranged by the perfidious manager) that they are taking part in a religious ritual, when, in fact, the innocent girls are performing an oil-wrestling show for casino

guests. SCREWBALL HOTEL's climactic action makes good use of the real star of the film, the hotel itself; however, the antics are so sophomoric that the old architectural beauty seems to be blushing at having ever allowed the movie crew on the premises. Far from being funny, the film is loaded

with nasty, tasteless gags and flat, pointless dialog. Amazingly, it took four credited writers, plus a fifth who provided "additional material," to take a situation ripe with opportunity and come up with a script completely devoid of laughs.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: After a military academy expels three young men--two interchangeable girl chasers (Michael Bendetti and Andrew Zeller) and a John Candy clone (Jeff Greenman)--and their parents kick them out, they head for jobs in a Florida hotel. They arrive to find the h… (more)

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