DAY 5 – TRAPPED IN PARADISE (1994)

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Starring: Nicholas Cage, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Richard Jenkins

Directed By: George Gallo

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

You know when you just happen upon a film on TV, maybe it’s already started, but it just draws you in and you end up watching it to the end. It stays with you, and it becomes a favourite of yours that you watch every year. This is mine. It currently holds a 5.7 rating on IMDb, features an actor I can’t stand (Nicholas Cage) and doesn’t seem to be known by anyone, yet because of the way I just happened upon it, and the mood it caught me in, I love it!

I happen to like films about bungling criminals and their lame attempts at robbing banks (see Palookaville and Bottle Rocket), and I love a Christmas movie, so this one appealed to me straight away. I must have seen it over ten years ago and still don’t tire of it now. The residents of the small town are all sweet and totally oblivious of the robbers who intend to steal their savings before Christmas. The locals go out of their way to help the fiends!

As you can probably guess, the brothers go from cynical and unforgiving at the start to changed men by the end. It has your usual yuletide sugar coating, a romance and a sled. It probably is actually really bad, but sometimes you can’t explain why you like a movie. So I won’t. Other than I am happy this one exists and is MY film. My underground hit that no one knows about (here in the UK at least).

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8 comments

  1. Best part? When Nicolas Cage throws the gun into the middle of the crowded area and yells. Quintessential Nic right there. Good review Thomas.

  2. This is truly an undiscovered gem 🙂 Hilarious and touching…one of my favourites!

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