Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
A financier [Chevy Chase] meets a spurned lover [Demi Moore] and agrees to take her to a business meeting. On the way there, they run a stop sign in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. They are arrested and taken to the local court. But all is not as it seems: the courthouse and the "prison" are a maze of zany booby- traps and deadly contraptions. The antics of the captured couple as they try to escape from the mad judge and his bizarre family make up the rest of this unusual film. Written by
Based on Dan Aykroyd's personal experiences. In 1978, he was pulled over for speeding in a rural town in the Northeastern United States. The police officer took him to the local Justice of the Peace in the middle of the night for a trial. See more »
When Chevy Chase gets the cop on his tail, the cop pushes a switch to close a road block in front of him. Chevy Chase turns right, onto a dirt road, oversteers, and turning the front tires to the left. In the next shot inside the car, Chevy Chase turns the steering wheel to the right. In the next shot from the outside, the front wheels are turned to the left. See more »
[as they leave a car and go into a building to a party]
20 minutes, hello, good-bye.
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I'm also kind of surprised by the bad reviews this movie had, i've always considered it a good dark-adventure for teens. I'm really not sure this is so far away of the well-respected Stand by me (7.7) and The Goonies (7.5)...
Many good things could be said about it:
it has a great set, the house craziness and oppression is perfectly
transmitted through it
Good acting here, by Dan Aykroyd and John Candy
the Digital Underground surprising performance
Demi Moore, with some weight overload on her legs, but still looking
great, showing us that anorexia is not always needed on screen
Disgusting scenes all over the movie, just because that's what the
movie is about!
And above all, it entertains. It never goes down, it's fun, not in a lol way, in a 80's movie way, which makes it nicer and more unique. We know this kind of movies won't be done again, we know that kind of magic is gone, and that's what makes them worth to rescue and defend from despective reviews. If you see it around, give it a try, you'll find something quite different of what movies are all about now
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