A celebrity acting career can end for many reasons, whether it’s a tragic death or a move to a new profession. Along with this certainty, there are many examples of actors who ended their careers in bad films. John Candy’s last film to work on before his death was the dark Wagons East, but his last film out was Michael Moore’s equally adamantly bad political satire, Canadian Bacon. Moore is better known for his poignant and controversial documentaries like Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine, but there was a time when the filmmaker turned his talents to screenwriting. But with the later reception of the feature film, there is probably a good reason why he never returned to feature films.
The feature is intended to play like a comedy as it explores satirical, situational humor centered around US-Canada relations and perceptions. Candy starred in the film as Sheriff Bud B. Boomer along with Rhea Perlman as Deputy Sheriff “Honey”. Produced on a budget of $11 million, the film had a spectacular international box office gross of a meager $163,971. It was also panned widely by film critics and currently holds a 12% critic and audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The ill-fated comedy was set to release over a year after Candy’s death.