Comedies That Should Have Been Awesome (And Weren’t)

#10: Nothing But Trouble (1991)
THE PITCH: Dan Aykroyd writes, directs AND stars in a new comedy with John Candy and Chevy Chase! (This was back when then name “Dan Ackroyd” still meant “the guy who wrote Ghostbusters and Blues Brothers,” not “that really fat guy playing Britney Spears’ dad in Crossroads.”)
THE PAYOFF: Either Aykroyd has a different sense of humor from other humans, or it’s possible he just vastly miscalculated the hilarity that would ensue by having grotesque, freakish psychotics attempt to viciously murder people in a nightmarish premise involving transvestites, cannibals with detachable penises for noses and Demi Moore attempting to act. John Waters would have looked at this script and thought, “Wow, that’s fucking insane.”
THE PROBLEM: Aykroyd apparently based the concept of the film around a real-life incident where he was pulled over for speeding in the back woods, then taken in the middle of the night to the mayor’s house to be terrorized by hicks. If you’re thinking, “That actually sounds kind of unsettling and horrible, and not a good idea for a laugh-romp comedy,” you probably would have come in handy patiently explaining this to Aykroyd before he filmed a joyless, Deliverance-like movie about people getting pulled over for speeding in the back woods, then taken in the middle of the night to the mayor’s house to be terrorized by hicks.
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