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Nothing But Trouble

First-time director Dan Aykroyd might have once parodied this sort of wretched excess in his 'bad-cinema' sketches on Saturday Night Live. Premise, stripped to the bone, had potential: a faceless drive-through town seems to have no resident except the cop who miraculously appears to pinch unsuspecting drivers.

First-time director Dan Aykroyd might have once parodied this sort of wretched excess in his ‘bad-cinema’ sketches on Saturday Night Live. Premise, stripped to the bone, had potential: a faceless drive-through town seems to have no resident except the cop who miraculously appears to pinch unsuspecting drivers.

The one-joke starter is then taken to absurd extremes as four Manhattan yuppies get shanghaied to the village of Valkenvania, where a demented old judge (Aykroyd, in heavy makeup) metes out executioner-style justice over moving violations.

The story [by Peter Aykroyd] turns into an extended maze with Chevy Chase and Demi Moore as the principal Nintendo-ized targets running through one tepid peril after another, while mouthing banal wisecracks.

It’s a good bet a film is in trouble when the highlight comes from seeing John Candy in drag.

Nothing But Trouble

  • Production: Warner/Applied Action. Director Dan Aykroyd; Producer Robert K. Weiss; Screenplay Dan Aykroyd; Camera Dean Cundey; Editor Malcolm Campbell, James Symons; Music Michael Kamen; Art Director William Sandell
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 94 MIN.
  • With: Chevy Chase Dan Aykroyd John Candy Demi Moore