Armed and Dangerous (1986)

Originally intended as a vehicle for John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, this buddy comedy has the benefits of the terrifically talented duo of John Candy and Eugene Levy, and yet somehow manages to completely waste both of them. Levy is trying his best to rise above the subpar material, but Candy is miscast as a cad: He doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with himself here, and his natural likability seems to be at odds with his character. In a way this plays like “Police Academy” for the security guard set, and it’s about on par in terms of humor and depth, eliciting more groans than guffaws. There’s a preposterous car chase ending that’s nevertheless fun to watch and superbly realized, and by then Levy and Candy have settled into their roles a bit, but it’s all for naught.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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