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The Great Outdoors (1988)

 -  Comedy  -  17 June 1988 (USA)
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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

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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 William Agee <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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The wildlife is wild, but his brother-in-law in unbearable. See more »

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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230 (USA)
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The John Candy character is named Chet Ripley, but on the packaging of its DVD release with Going Berserk (1983) and Uncle Buck (1989) his name is given as Chet Adley. See more »

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Dad, isn't it illegal to drive with a bear on the hood of your car?

I don't understand why people don't understand this movie. John Candy's a laid-back middle-classer. Dan Akyroyd's a suave, rich debonar. Somehow these two manage to click together fine. They should have done more movies together, not to mention this tale has cool catch phrases: "Dad, isn't it illegal to drive with a bear on the hood of your car?"


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