No Vacancy

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  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 4.7  (912)

No Vacancy is a 1999 American comedy-drama film directed by Marius Balchunas and written by Jim and John Burnstein. The movie stars Olek Krupa, Lolita Davidovich, Timothy Olyphant, and Christina Ricci. The movie tells the story of Hector (Olek Krupa), a colorful and quirky motel owner who manages a small motel in the middle of nowhere. When Hector gets a call from a former lover, Valentina (Lolita Davidovich), he sees the opportunity to win her back and improve his business.

Things get complicated when Ernest (Timothy Olyphant) and his girlfriend, Patty (Christina Ricci), arrive at the motel. Ernest is a small-time crook with a golden heart, while Patty is his naive and underappreciated partner. When things go wrong with their last heist, they find themselves on the run and in need of a place to hide. As Hector tries to woo Valentina, and Ernest and Patty try to lay low, chaos and hilarity ensue.

The film is a classic fish-out-of-water story, with each character dealing with their own personal conflicts while occupying the same space. Hector is trying to revive his relationship with Valentina and also keep his motel afloat. Valentina is looking for a new sense of purpose in life. Ernest is trying to escape his past and make a better life for himself, while Patty yearns for excitement and adventure.

The comedic elements of the movie come from the interactions between the characters. Hector's flamboyant personality clashes with Ernest's guarded exterior, and Patty's naivete provides comic relief in tense situations. The film also has a touch of absurdity, with characters making unexpected choices and situations spiraling out of control.

Along with the comedy, the movie also has a heartwarming message about the importance of human connections. As the characters get to know each other, they begin to open up and form unlikely friendships. Hector becomes a mentor for Ernest, teaching him the ins and outs of running a small business. Valentina finds solace in Patty's supportive nature, while Patty learns to be brave and follow her instincts.

The film also touches on themes of redemption and second chances. Ernest is a man on a mission to right his wrongs and build a better life, while Hector seeks to reclaim a lost love. The characters' actions and decisions serve as a reminder that it's never too late to make a change and start anew.

Overall, No Vacancy is a charming and lighthearted movie with a heartwarming message. The film's combination of comedy, absurdity, and heart elevates it beyond a typical indie comedy. The performances of the ensemble cast are fantastic, with each actor bringing their unique quirks and personalities to their respective roles. In a time where audiences crave escapist entertainment, No Vacancy is the perfect feel-good movie to watch with friends or loved ones.

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    1 hr 24 min
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    4.7  (912)