|NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (director/writer: Dan Aykroyd; screenwriter: from a story by Peter Aykroyd; cinematographer: Dean Cundey; editors: Malcolm Campbell/James Symons; music: Michael Kamen; cast: Chevy Chase (Chris Thorne), John Candy (Dennis Valkenheiser/Eldona Valkenheiser), Demi Moore (Diane Lightson), Bertila Damas (Renalda), Taylor Negron (Fausto), Dan Aykroyd (Judge Valkenheiser/Bobo), John Daveikis (L’il Debbull), Daniel Baldwin (Dealer #1) ; Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Robert K. Weiss; Warner Home Video; 1991)|
Its only distinction is that it is
difficult to name a comedy that's worse."
by Dennis Schwartz
was the comedian Dan Aykroyd's only outing as a director
(Mercy!). He also is the writer and
star, working from his brother Peter's lame story.
It's an unwatchable train wreck. The dismal comedy has
no redeeming qualities. Its only distinction is that
it is difficult to name a comedy that's worse. The
film lost lots of money and the critics bombed it.
smarmy NYC financial publisher whiz Chris
Thorne (Chevy Chase) takes on a business trip his
beautiful apartment building new neighbor, the lawyer
Diane Lightson (Demi Moore), in his BMW, to Atlantic
City, along with a pair of zany wealthy Brazilians,
Fausto (Taylor Negron) and Renalda (Bertila Damas).
they turn off the NJ Turnpike to examine a property on
the side roads, they get caught going through a stop
sign in the hellhole town of Valkenheiser.
The sadistic Judge Valkenheiser (Dan
Aykroyd) gives them a life sentence, and the
foursome try escaping through a junkyard with death
John Candy is misused playing both the grotesque local cop and his sister. Demi Moore has nothing going for her in a role she's lost in. Chevy Chase is painfully awkward and not funny. Aykroyd is delusional if he finds his character anything but hideous covered in mounds of make-up and prosthetics.
Supposedly the film's comic highlight is that the judge's nose looks like a dick.
REVIEWED ON 3/20/2017 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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