MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 466 this week

The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  17 June 1988 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 25,326 users  
Reviews: 79 user | 17 critic

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 25 Jan 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 25 Dec 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 18 Sep 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 14 Jan 2014
 
a list of 26 titles
created 14 Apr 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Great Outdoors (1988)

The Great Outdoors (1988) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Great Outdoors.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Director: Paul Flaherty
Stars: John Candy, Jeffrey Jones, Annie Potts
Summer Rental (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want ... See full summary »

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin
Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest
Vacation (1983)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca
Delirious (1991)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

Director: Tom Mankiewicz
Stars: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A fired cop and useless lawyer sign up as security guards and find they've joined a corrupt union.

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: John Candy, Meg Ryan, Eugene Levy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill
Stripes (1981)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Hilary Gordon ...
Rebecca Gordon ...
...
Zoaunne LeRoy ...
...
...
John Bloom ...
...
Britt Leach ...
Reg
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A week in the woods with Roman and Chet: This is no holiday...this is war! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Country  »

Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$41,455,230 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Candy and Ackroyd are both Canadian. See more »

Goofs

When Chet is throwing up, Roman (Dan Aykroyd) can be seen giving a cue for the other actors in the scene to run away. See more »

Quotes

Wally: Know what a "loon" is, knucklehead?
Ben Ripley: Yeah, we have one in our family.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: And Then There Were Fewer (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

There Is No Love Between Us Anymore
(12" version)
(uncredited)
Performed by Pop Will Eat Itself
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Chet is an evil, evil man Isleden-1
I always feel bad for the bear... BatmanTheGreat
Why'd they stick a teenage love story between the lines? wizzaroot
ol' 96er foshobro
This would never happen... jrock158
Where was this filmed? metallicant_1984
Discuss The Great Outdoors (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page