Tim Roth stars in this movie as the brand new bellboy to the swanky, but aged, Hotel Mon Signor where he is given some very strict lessons to adhere by while working his first overnight shift alone on New Years Eve. The former bellboy (Marc Lawrence), who is in his elder years and ready to spend his twilight years not waiting on people, is more than happy to twist the new bellboy's ear and give him a very good piece of advice: avoid night clerks, kids, hookers, and married arguments. And with that, the old man leaves! And our young bellhop is left to learn the ropes. And from here the movie divides up and we are given 4 different stories to watch and 4 different instances of what the bellboy is subjected to on his first night.
Ready for your first night? Good luck Ted!
The Missing Ingredient: In our first story, the bellboy is helping several ladies check into their room. But this is no sorority house reunion weekend for these ladies, they're witches! And they're back to right a horrible wrong that was done to their little coven last year. While their Goddess (Amanda DeCadenet) had been staying in the same room last year when a curse befell her and the Goddess was turned to stone! And so Jezebel (Sammi Davis), Athena (Valeria Golino), Elspeth (Madonna), Raven (Lili Taylor), and Eva (Ione Skye) have come together with the fixings for a spell that will bring their Goddess out of the curse...except that Eva forgot her ingredient to the brew. But maybe she can convince the bellboy to help her find some more...
Bubble, bubble, toil, and ...semen?
The Wrong Man: Once the bellboy is called away from his "duties" with the witches, he is called to another room to bring ice. But upon entering the room he finds himself face to face with a man with a gun! Yikes! The gun wielding man (David Proval) has his wife Angela (Jennifer Beals) tied to a chair and gagged - he is convinced that the terrified bellboy is the man that his wife has been seeing behind his back! But what the bellboy thinks is a deadly accusation could really be a twisted sexual game.
Talk about a bad time to be named Theodore...
The Misbehavers: After escaping the terrifying clutches of Angela and her delusional husband, the bellboy is called to the room of a smolderingly sexy Spanish man (Antonio Banderas). This smoldering man and his wife (Tamlyn Tomita) have decided that instead of dragging along their young children to dinner to celebrate the New Year, they want to celebrate on their own and crank up the heat! But leaving their daughter Sarah (Lana McKissack) and son Juancho (Danny Verduzco) alone is completely out of the question, they're too young! So the smoldering Spaniard offers the bellboy $500 to check in on the kids every half hour, and they are told to call the front desk the minute they need anything. And these tiny terrors plan on abusing their power.
"Did you kids have a good time tonight?"
The Man From Hollywood: Once rid of the itty bitty heathen children, the bellboy is finished! He's had enough! This job has been nothing but a pain in his butt the entire night and he is through! But then one more buzz comes across the switchboard...and its from the Penthouse. Famed Hollywood director Chester Rush is the current guest in the Penthouse, alongside several of his Hollywood bigwig friends and the bellboy has to finish this one last room before he takes off screaming into the night. But from the moment he enters with a cart full of room service, he is going to be forced to make a decision that could either peg him as morally repugnant...or a very rich man.
Does the bellboy have what it takes to make some fast cash?
While this movie, overall, is a Quentin Tarantino piece it is also made up of 4 stories that are written and directed by 4 separate people. That's right! So if you've seen this movie and were baffled at why this movie didn't feel exceedingly Tarantino-esque, there is your answer! This movie is the collaborative efforts of Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino - and it's so much fun! Zany sexual antics, danger and violence, uproarious comedy, stinging wit...sheer brilliance! I highly recommend this movie for fans of Tarantino's work, and for those who aren't ready to see this man's brilliant movie-making talent fade away from the Hollywood scene.