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Episode 56 — Nothing But Trouble


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

The League’s Steve Rannazzisi joined us on a journey into the weird mind of Dan Aykroyd as we watched the truly upsetting Nothing But Trouble. We discuss the baffling set up to the drastically different second half of the movie, if the 2 large greasy men in diapers are indeed humans, and why Digital Underground would choose to take the detour into the run-down village of Valkenvania. We also talk about how John Candy looked depressed to be in this movie, Dan Aykroyd’s obsession with gadgets, and the fact that there are no jokes in this movie.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:47 AM

I'm frankly surprised that it took 56 episodes for someone to ask, "Are these supposed to be humans?" Thank you, June. I nearly peed my pants.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:37 AM

Guys. Guys. Guys.

Guys. I don't think it's poor directing or screenwriting that led to the main characters basically ignoring the Brazilian couple (or brother/sister). I think this movie Tyler Durdened all of us. Demi Moore acts like they're not even there - because they aren't.


In that sense, the Brazilian couple was originally written to represent the cocaine Chevy ingested before the cameras began rolling. That's why they're always trying to get him to make bonkers decisions- taking weird back roads, running from the cops, etc. If you watch the movie again (which I do NOT recommend), it's possible to imagine all of Demi Moore's interactions with Tyler Negron as add-ons after the script was finalized.

[explosion sound] That's right. Your mind is blown now.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:15 AM

does this dragon-drop come with an actual dragon? and Is this really a movie!? this film has given me nightmares ever since I watched it..are they human or are they dancer?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:34 AM

I'm not really sure why this movie is on here. Yes, the movie is bonkers and disgusting but that's the genius of it. There are MUCH worse movies out there.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:48 AM

Digital Underground was the shit back in the day! They were in this crazy movie and the Addams Family 2 as well. Shock G must have had some major Hollywood connects.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:58 AM

I saw this movie as a child, and I was horrified. Since then I've spoken to MANY people who like it. Are they goddamn insane? This movie destroyed my confidence in authority figures. I too had a very visceral reaction to it and frequent nausea, especially to the Judge. I'm gonna go call my therapist now. I think I just had a breakthrough.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:00 AM

i also came across it as a kid of maybe eight or nine, basing my decision to watch it on the somewhat suspect logic of "john candy is in this movie, and john candy does really great movies, because i'm a tiny baby kid."

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:07 AM

I did not want to watch this movie again, it did its damage years ago, but I always got a Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe from the Aykroyd/Candy "family" and, maybe mixing the two movies together in my mind, but were the hotdogs made of the judge's past victims, conveniently deboned?

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

I know this will upset everyone but this is probably my least favorite ep of this podcast so far, and I'm a huge fan of the podcast in general. It's more of just a rehash of the whole movie instead of the typical disgust, disdain, and general bewilderment shown by the hosts. I guess I just expected to laugh more since the movie was so ridiculous....

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:14 AM

Is Chevy Chase character's name in Community (Hawthorne) inspired by his role in this movie (Thorne)?

I fully support the "Fight Club"-Theory about the brazilian couple.

Edit: Picture of the dick-nose. Disgusting.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:29 AM

Thankfully I have never seen this movie all the way through, just bits and pieces. I still remember that damn roller coaster is the thing nightmares are made up of and that Tupac was for some reason in this.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:37 AM

View PostJollygreen52, on 19 February 2013 - 05:58 AM, said:

I saw this movie as a child, and I was horrified. Since then I've spoken to MANY people who like it. Are they goddamn insane? This movie destroyed my confidence in authority figures. I too had a very visceral reaction to it and frequent nausea, especially to the Judge. I'm gonna go call my therapist now. I think I just had a breakthrough.


I haven't seen it, but the description you just gave does not necessarily scream "bad movie" to me.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:39 AM

I believe that the coal fire part of the plot is based on Centralia PA, which has had a coal fire burning underneath it for decades.

http://en.wikipedia....a,_Pennsylvania

And I loved this episode. I watched this movie so many times when I was a kid. I don't know why... it always disgusted me and left me horrified.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:02 AM

The heavy metal song playing on the roller coaster was written for the movie. It's called "Mr. Bonestripper" by Damn Yankees. Also, the video for "Same Song" by Digital Underground was a tie-in to the movie and featured Dan Akroyd.



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:29 AM

Also, I'm surprised no one caught the eponymous line in the movie. When Demi Moore is having her bipolar makeout session with Chevy Chase, she says something about always choosing the wrong guy and then breaks away from Chevy and goes to bed saying "You're nothing but trouble!" So the title isn't referring to psychopaths and deathtraps, but to the financial publisher who lends someone his car. The scamp!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:57 AM

View PostRicketyCricket, on 19 February 2013 - 06:09 AM, said:

I know this will upset everyone but this is probably my least favorite ep of this podcast so far, and I'm a huge fan of the podcast in general. It's more of just a rehash of the whole movie instead of the typical disgust, disdain, and general bewilderment shown by the hosts. I guess I just expected to laugh more since the movie was so ridiculous....


I heard an abundance of disgust, disdain and general bewilderment.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

As someone who's been pulled over on on the way to Atlantic City, I can attest that there's some crazy shit in those little N.J. towns. I don't remember seeing any dick noses though.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:23 AM

View PostGym Sockerman, on 19 February 2013 - 02:47 AM, said:

I'm frankly surprised that it took 56 episodes for someone to ask, "Are these supposed to be humans?" Thank you, June. I nearly peed my pants.

For me, my breakpoint was Episode 37, "Speed 2". I'm still not convinced.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:29 AM

View PostJulia Hays, on 19 February 2013 - 09:22 AM, said:

As someone who's been pulled over on on the way to Atlantic City, I can attest that there's some crazy shit in those little N.J. towns. I don't remember seeing any dick noses though.

There's a series of films about this camp outside of a small town in New Jersey where all these massacres take place, yet it still manages to get re-opened year after year. "It won't happen again, because Jason is dead!", says the local law enforcement six or seven times. I think it's a documentary.
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