Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
USA, 1994. Savoy Pictures. Screenplay by Deborah Amelon, Bob Brunner, based on the novel by Anne Rice. Cinematography by Theo van de Sande. Produced by Garry Marshall, Alexandra Rose. Music by Patrick Doyle. Production Design by Peter Jamison. Costume Design by Ellen Mirojnick. Film Editing by David Finfer.
Some funny moments involving Rosie O’Donnell are the only things worth getting out of this incredibly immature sex comedy. Adapted from the novel by Anne Rice (who has completely disassociated herself from the film version, and rightly so) it centres around the activities that take place on a resort island specializing in fulfilling people’s sadomasochistic fantasies, where visitors have the option of arriving as masters or slaves. The protagonist of the story is Paul Mercurio as a new slave on the island who ends up charming the pants right off the resort’s head dominatrix (Dana Delany, who unfortunately firebombed the beginning of a possibly successful film career) while also getting himself involved in a diamond-theft scheme that brings cops O’Donnell and Dan Aykroyd to the island. The caper aspect of the story is one that was not featured in the original novel and was uselessly invented for the purposes of spicing up the film, but what also ruins it is having Garry Marshall direct this movie like a twelve year-old looking at his first Playboy magazine. It isn’t in the least bit as subversive as it thinks it is (for one thing, is it truly believable that everyone on a sexual fantasy island would be completely heterosexual?), and it only has the odd moments of T & A that you can get from any teen comedy made in the 80s (Private Resort starring Johnny Depp is this film’s closest companion).