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In addition to boasting one of the quirkiest titles in movie history, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise is a riotous showcase for the formidable talent of Timothy Spall. One of the finest character actors to emerge from England in the 1980s and '90s, Spall gave great performances in Life Is Sweet, Secrets and Lies, and Topsy-Turvy (all for director Mike Leigh), and made memorable appearances in Vanilla Sky, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and many others. Here he plays Tommy Rag, a vile, uncouth salesman, determined to win "The Golden Vac" award as England's best door-to-door peddler of vacuum cleaners, unaware that his disapproving boss has sabotaged his chances of winning the coveted prize. Filmed on digital video, this over-the-top BBC-TV comedy was director Danny Boyle's rough-edged rehearsal for 28 Days Later, and its ragged visuals are entirely appropriate for Jim Cartwright's screenplay, which probes the desperate economy of England while plumbing the depths of Tommy's maniacal motivation. There's rich social satire to be found in this delirious mess, but the main pleasure comes from Spall, playing an ethically challenged lout on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Think Willy Loman with apoplectic road rage, and you've got the right idea. --Jeff Shannon
Big fan of Danny Boyle. But this is a lousy movie. Grainy, poor camera work. Choppy, annoying editing. Cardboard-cutout characters. Giving it 2 stars is being generous.Published 12 months ago by Bill the Cat
I first saw this when I was in my early 20's. As an aspiring electronic musician, I felt that I understood Pete's struggle. Tommy Rag seemed like a monster. Read morePublished 17 months ago by nathaniel burman
I had seen it before, and loved it.
Your first day at a new job and having to work with the salesman from hell...
At 76 minutes, I didn't hope for much in a full length movie, but what a surprise! I was mesmerized from beginning to end by the intensity of Timothy Spall's acting. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Donald C. Renfro
"Death of a Salesman" meets "Glengarry Glenn Ross" on acid, this portrait of the empty, horrible life of
door-to-door selling was made on the cheap in 20 days for the BBC. Read more
We saw previews of this on a DVD for another movie. It looked like it was going to be hilariously amusing. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by BH in Sacramento, CA
Anybody in sales or those with pulse should watch this film just for Timothy Spall's over the top character. One of the most memorable performances in film. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by JOHN DUROSE
Wow, this one really took me by surprise. Found it at me local library and brought it back to the flat for a quick look-see. Read more
I bought this movie because I am a HUGE fan of Danny Boyle's work. His early work (Shallow Grave and Trainspotting) are some of my favorite films. Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by I Want My $10 Back