Given their cinematic track records, it’s hardly shocking that Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd have teamed for another unfunny comedy. This time they’ve dragged John Candy and Demi Moore down with them in Nothing But Trouble. Though Aykroyd is credited as writer-director, this misadventure plays as if the actors are making it up as they go along.
Chase and Moore play Manhattanites who wander off the New Jersey Turnpike and skid into a Beetlejuice-inspired back-road town. Convicted of running a stop sign, they’re sentenced to a fun-house nightmare that all too soon bogs down in gross makeup and special effects. Attempting to enliven things, Aykroyd and Candy appear in cartoonish dual roles and between them generate approximately four laughs. Chase adds maybe two. In movie-ticket terms, that’s less than one laugh per dollar; as a video rental, it’s a slightly better deal. C-