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The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | | 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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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230 (USA)
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The name of the holiday park was "Perk's Pine Lodge Resort". It was portrayed by the real life Ducey's Bass Lake Lodge in Bass Lake, California. See more »

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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 »

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[Chet is being pulled by the boat on water-skies at high speed]
Chet: You bastard! You bastard!
Roman: I think he's saying go faster.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in She's Having a Baby (1988) See more »

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Big Country
Written by Bruce Gowdy, Billy Sherwood, and Peter Aykroyd
Performed & Produced by Joe Walsh
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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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