Private Resort is yet another B-grade 80s sex comedy, delivering a few laughs and of course some actors early in their careers... but when it comes down to it, there's no real screenplay or plot to be applauded.
Johnny Depp and Rob Morrow are two teenage boys who are guests at a Florida resort for the weekend. The only thing they have in mind to do is find as many girls as possible in their time at the resort, and have some 'fun'. Of course, it gets to the point when it was known that a plot had to be thrown in there somewhere, so soon the two find themselves in comical situations that can either turn out to be hilarious or repulsive. Along the way there's loads of unnecessary nudity, which is to be expected but not at that frequency. At times Private Resort gets a few laughs, but even some of the comedy comes from the thin and unoriginal plot and unnecessary lines. Of course, there are a few times when they screenwriters got it right. There are those few times when the laughs turn genuine out of the comedy of the bizarre and eccentric situations.
George Bowers' directing was also nothing special. But, having said that, I wouldn't blame Bowers for this film's lack of success. I'll mention the screenwriter Gordon Mitchell again and see if it sticks in this time. The unoriginal and somewhat lame plot seems to be the thing that is giving Private Resort away. Honestly from first glance this doesn't look like a memorable and engrossing film. I think Private Resort had a different motive in mind; just to entertain the viewer. Whether it be the viewer is entertained by the comedy or the lack of dedication put into the film itself, it pretty much achieves the goal of being an entertaining movie.
The soundtrack didn't really add much to the atmosphere of the film, except for adding a few irritating tunes. Somehow they were appealing to the nature of this film overall, making most scenes even more cheesy than you could imagine them to be.
The acting in Private Resort was unexpectedly slightly better than average from some of the cast. Sure, there was no Oscar-material, but some a lot better than other low comedies around this time. Rob Morrow pulled off his role pretty well, creating a likeable character that was both quirky and entertaining. Seeing Johnny Depp in this flick hasn't necessarily made me think any less of him, despite this being not so well done overall, he also gave a decent performance. His character was amusing to watch, and he turned his not so original role into something that could be remembered by viewers. There were dozens of female performances that could easily have gotten the miss. Emily Longstreth and Karyn O'Bryan included with those. Although they have a lot of screen time, their performances were nothing special and their characters weren't essential to the plot. Hector Elizondo was again nothing special, and his character was only needed as some kind of threat to the story.
Overall Private Resort is by no means a movie that is necessary to be viewed, but I'd recommend it for a bit of light entertainment and something for a few laughs. With the idea of seeing Johnny Depp's butt in mind I'm sure it would be enjoyable and harmless to watch.. right?!