Nothing But Trouble (1991) Dan Aykroyd

Production Budget: $40 million
Worldwide Gross: $8 million
Subsequent Earnings: ???

Chevy, Chevy, Chevy. It gets hard to defend you.  I love many of your movies.  Hell, I even love Fletch Lives.  But then you go and do things like the Chevy Chase Show, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Cops and Robbersons, The Karate Dog, and Caddyshack II.  And then you star in this.  This…this $%*&$% piece of dog$%&$!  Calm down Moses.  Breathe.  Okay.

This was Aykroyd’s vanity project, and after achieving success with the Blues Brothers, I’m sure he wanted to do something darker.  This movie is based on a bad experience Aykroyd had with a Sheriff once.  The movie is about a businessman and his friends who fall victim to a sadistic judge when he speeds through the small town of Valkenvania.  The cast looked very good with Chevy Chase, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, and Demi Moore.  Much of the budget went to creating the large mansion and the town of Valkenvania.  The film feels more like a horror movie, but with Chevy Chase making his usual snide remarks at everything.  You can tell Aykroyd was enjoying the fact he could be disgusting and crude.  But being crude doesn’t mean it’s funny.  I think that dark comedies are the hardest kind of comedy to do.  It is hard to be both edgy and dark and at the same time be hilarious.

The movie was seen by no one (maybe not even the Razzie committee) the only person to take home a Razzie was Aykroyd.  This movie hurt everyone’s career and while the movie can be found on DVD, I doubt many have seen it.

Is it any good?  There is nothing worse than a comedy that is not funny.  With movies like Plan 9, Bloodrayne, Waterworld, and On Deadly Ground, at least you can mock the film with friends.  But with unfunny comedies, what can you do?  Unfunny comedies are about as interesting as watching paint dry.  This movie may call itself a comedy, but I found no jokes.  There were things which resembled jokes, but they weren’t jokes.  I can see what Aykroyd was trying to do.  He was trying to make a Tim Burton-esque  type dark comedy.  But it’s not funny.  John Candy in a dress (while it sounds funny on paper) is just nasty.  Chevy’s usually funny remarks immediately fall flat when he says them.  I did not laugh once during this movie, and that’s hard to do.


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