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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 production shoot for this picture ran for about three weeks. See more »

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When Chet is skiing and jumps the bushes, a small ski ramp is visible. See more »

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Roman: I think we should go into town tomorrow and pick up a ski boat. Whaddya say? Sound good, guys? Uncle Roman'll blow some coin on a kick-ass drag boat!
Chet: That's OK, we're renting a pontoon boat.
Roman: Pontoon boat? What the hell are you gonna do with a pontoon boat? Retake Omaha Beach?
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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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Paul Bunyan Love
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Performed by Tex Ritter
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A Fun Comedy!
20 November 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

'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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