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
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The name for a gigantic steak at restaurant Paul Bunyon's Cupboard was "The Old '96'er". See more »
The lampshade on the lamp-gun that Chet shoots the bear with, near the end of the movie, suddenly disappears right before it is shot. See more »
[during a big row]
Roman, why don't we just get out of here, come on honey. Come on girls, let's go!
[they go upstairs]
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.
Ha ha, what stuff is there to steal?
We got stuff!
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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 »
"The Great Outdoors" is what anyone would expect of a John Candy movie: completely goofy, but funny nonetheless. He plays Chet Ripley, taking his family on vacation in the wilderness. Unfortunately, Chet's unpleasant brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) is also there, and he just has to make everything miserable for Chet. In some ways, this movie seems to be rehashing "Summer Rental", but with a different tone. My favorite parts were the raccoons, the bear, and The Old '96er (I don't recommend that scene for squeamish people). All in all, it just goes to show what the world lost when John Candy died. He was really great.
P.S.: Annette Bening, in her debut, plays Roman's wife Kate.
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