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Big-hearted Chicago family man Chet has brought his family to a lakeside resort area, and although his wife and kids aren't quite as excited as he is, Chet has high hopes for the vacation. However, his optimism is sabotaged when his obnoxious brother-in-law Roman drops in unexpectedly, along with his snooty, strange family. Chet and his family try to stay open-minded, but they find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves because of the constant annoyance of Roman's presence. Written by
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The theatrical trailers show footage deleted from the finished film: Chet talking affectionately to a mounted moose head, Roman uttering an unearthly belch at the dinner table, and Roman with his annoying laugh in another scene. In the standard film version, the laugh is only heard when Roman and his clan first arrive at the cabin. See more »
Throughout the movie, the characters make reference to being in Wisconsin, but when Chet and the kids go to visit the old man for his 109th birthday, Chet refers to the man as the oldest living person in Canada. See more »
[Chet is telling everyone about his bear story]
So when you go to bed tonight, and you hear a noise, whatever you do, don't look out the window...
[Chet shouts while he tosses some of his alcoholic beverage into the fireplace causing a huge fireball shooting out of the chimney]
because there might be a bear!
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Subtitled conversation between two raccoons -- Raccoon #1: "Why's Jody sitting in the lake?" Raccoon #2: "You didn't hear? She got shot in the ass!" Raccoon #1: "Oh no! Don't tell me..." Raccoon #2: "Yup... She's bald on both ends now!" See more »
'The Great Outdoors' is A Fun Comedy, that delivers good laughs & performances. It's a film, that's best watched on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
'The Great Outdoors' Synopsis: A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.
'The Great Outdoors' isn't a hilarious film, but the comedic portions do make you laugh. The chemistry between its two strong protagonists is a delight, while a sub-plot involving a younger couple, is boring & could've been avoided.
The Screenplay Written by the Late/Great John Hughes is spot-on, although it does dip sometimes. Howard Deutch's Direction is passable. Cinematography captures the wilderness well. Editing is rightly done.
Performance-Wise: The Late/Great John Candy is the life of the show. He's outstanding! Dan Aykroyd is also in super form, competing with Candy on every level. Stephanie Faracy is first-rate. Annette Bening is impressive, as ever. The Late/Great Robert Prosky is cute.
On the whole, 'The Great Outdoors' is a good laugh!
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