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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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A week in the woods with Roman and Chet: This is no holiday...this is war! 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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Dennis Benda, a greensman in this movie, spread redwood bark for Bart the Bear to walk on and wired leaves on the trees so the setting would look like summer, not fall. See more »

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When Roman is about to get in his car at the end of the movie, it is already running, yet when he closes the door, the car is heard starting off-screen. See more »

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Kate Craig: Ahh!
[Kate and Roman run out of their bedroom]
Roman: What?
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Roman: It's been touching you for 12 years, you never freak!
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Kate Craig: A thing.
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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 »

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One of my 80's favorites
10 July 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

As a child of the eighties, its hard not to view this film thru the lens of nostalgia. John Candy is hilarious as the simple but decent family guy who wishes to take his family on a vacation to the great outdoors. His plans are rudely disrupted by his boorish brother in law, who crashes the family event and manages to disrupt all of Candy's plans. While there's nothing particularly stunning or insightful here, its fun and reminds me of days gone by. Although seen thru the eye of comedians, many of us can remember "disastrous" family vacations like this, with relatives that we sometimes couldn't stand and plans gone awry, but still forming some of our most fond memories. It is also somewhat bittersweet for me, as most of the beautiful and rustic locales in the film have disappeared during the intervening years, a loss I hadn't even noticed or thought about until I watched the film again. The film is very family friendly and, if you haven't seen it, definitely worth a viewing.


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