Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise (1995) from Tuna

Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise is a BBC comedy from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary). Michael Begley plays a slacker who is only interested in making dance music mixes and becoming a DJ. His girlfriend, Katy Cavanagh, is supporting them as a strip-o-gram girl. As the film opens, she is the entertainment for the retirement party of a vacuum cleaner salesman, who is being retired because he is near death. The old fella, in fact, dies before the end of the party. Watching from the wings, Begley listens to an impassioned motivational speech, decides to become a vacuum cleaner salesman, and immediately becomes involved in a sales competition, in which the salesman training him is competing for the golden vac award, which includes two weeks in paradise.

The villains in the film are two other very successful salesmen, and the young woman hired to bring internet sales into the company.

Although the plot centers around the Michael Begley character, the film really belongs to the comical character actor Timothy Spall, who is the veteran vacuum salesman assigned to train Begley. Spall is the epitome of the unscrupulous salesman. He operates at such a high energy level from the start of the film on, you know that he will flame out spectacularly at the end of the film. Think of this approximately as a humorous Death of a Salesman comedy about a dying breed, the old fashioned door-to-door vacuum salesman.


Katy Cavanagh shows breasts and buns at the start of the film.

As a former door-to-door salesman (a very brief career), I did find the film somewhat nostalgic in spots, but toward the end I couldn't wait for it to be over.

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Based on this description, this is a C, one of those quirky high energy British comedies, a solid one, but not one of the best ones.

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