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The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 17 June 1988 (USA)
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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Nostalgic about the good old days in the honeymoon cabin, the patriarch Chet and the Ripley family set off to the idyllic woods of Wisconsin for the summer vacation. However, their plans for a peaceful family bonding in the heart of the untamed nature will be thwarted, when the high-rolling brother-in-law Roman and the snotty Craig family decide to crash the party. Eventually, as the two families try to have a good time together, a seemingly endless series of misfortunes and mini-disasters with thirsty leeches, cunning racoons and a mythical wild bear, threaten to ruin the vacation. What will it take to salvage the weekend? Written by Nick Riganas

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230 (USA)
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The name of the vacation cabin was "Loon's Nest". See more »

Goofs

Connie's dress falls on the floor when Chet is seducing her, but when Roman and his family show up, Chet takes the dress off the counter. See more »

Quotes

Kate Craig: [during a big row] Roman, why don't we just get out of here, come on honey. Come on girls, let's go!
Roman: Good idea.
[they go upstairs]
Chet: Well, it's the first good idea you've had since you've been here. And by the way, don't steal any of our stuff.
Kate Craig: Ha ha, what stuff is there to steal?
Connie Ripley: We got stuff!
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Most of the end credits play over a montage of the cast dancing in Wally's bar. See more »

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Referenced in Parenthood (1989) See more »

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Dragboat
Written & Produced by Tom Scott
Performed by The Elwood Blues Revue (as Elwood Blues Revue) and Tom Scott
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As long as Dan and John make me laugh, I love this movie
17 November 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

The Great Outdoors is one of the most under rated comedies that I have ever seen! It's actually one of my hidden favorites, because this is the type of comedy that I love, slap stick. Dan and John make such a great comedic duo in The Great Outdoors, you can't help but laugh hysterically at every scene or be touched by a sentimental moment. I miss stories like this, that are not only heart warming but have a great mix of comedy as well.

Chet is a family man who wants to bond with his songs on a camping trip, so he, his wife, and their boys go out to the great outdoors. But an uninvited guest tags along, their rich and snobby cousins Roman and Kate and their two Shinning creepy twin girls. Since Roman likes to live it up, he practically jumps all over Chet's plans and just takes over the vacation!

There are some great scenes like a bat gets loose in the cabin and Chet and Roman decide to take it on themselves. The bat gets onto Chet's face and Roman hits the bat and Chet's face with a tennis racket! Chet's reaction is just priceless! And they go to a restaurant where Chet has the opportunity to eat a 16 ounce steak and if he eats the whole thing, the family eats for free, and they do it like as if he was Rocky in his first major boxing match, it was just great to watch. The Great outdoors is one of those great under rated comedies that I'm sure you'll fall in love with.

10/10


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