.

Return to Paradise

Anne Heche, Jada Pinkett, Vince Vaughn, Anna Kathryn Holbrook, Joaquin Phoenix

Directed by Joseph Ruben
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 0
Community: star rating
5 0 0
August 14, 1998

What if you were asked to spend three years in a Malaysian prison on a drug rap to save a friend you haven't seen in two years? Lawyer Beth Eastern (Anne Heche) puts that question to Sheriff (Vince Vaughn), a New York limo driver, and Tony (David Conrad), an engineer. Their pal Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix) has been caught with hashish that the trio shared during a vacation in Penang, and he will be executed in eight days if they don't return to paradise and share the rap.

What if only one man returns? What if reporter M.J. Major (Jada Pinkett Smith) prints the story and angers Malaysian authorities? What if Sheriff and Beth fall in love? More to the point: What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson? What if Heche and Vaughn — generating the erotic heat that Heche and Harrison Ford couldn't manage in 6 Days, 7 Nights — transcended these flaws on the sheer force of their sexual combustibility? Then Return to Paradise would be a better movie, that's what if.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    • Child of God
      star rating
      Well Go USA Entertainment
    • lucy
      star rating
      Universal Pictures
    • star rating
      IFC Films
    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Madame George”

    Van Morrison | 1968

    One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com