Pacific Banana (1980)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Sex Comedy  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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With a title like Pacific Banana, one might be expecting something smutty and juvenile. Anyone expecting as much is right on both counts but the film can be a lot of fun for viewers in the right mood. The script piles on the double entendres and racy sight gags with vigor and John Lamond's direction keeps the sleazy fun rolling along at a nice clip. He also makes effective use of some scenic Tahitian locations thanks to sharp lensing by cinematographer Garry Wapschott. Graeme Blundell is likeable in a nerdy way as the bumbling hero and Robin Stewart makes a slyly humorous foil as his lothario pal. There's also a nice turn by Helen Hemingway as the rich man's daughter who only has eyes for the hero. The end result is modest stuff but it has a sexy, fun-loving approach to the material that keeps it engaging. As a result, Pacific Banana is the rare sex comedy that manages to both amuse and titillate.