To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from his prep school, only to learn that he isn't the nicest young man.

Director:

Peter Faiman

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Dutch Dooley
Ethan Embry ... Doyle Standish (as Ethan Randall)
JoBeth Williams ... Natalie Standish
Christopher McDonald ... Reed Standish
Ari Meyers ... Brock
Elizabeth Daily ... Hailey (as E.G. Daily)
L. Scott Caldwell ... Homeless Woman
Kathleen Freeman ... Gritzi
Lisa Figus Lisa Figus ... Party Woman
Cedering Fox ... Party Woman
Shelby Leverington Shelby Leverington ... Party Woman
Kyle Fredericks Kyle Fredericks ... Maid
David James Alexander David James Alexander ... Man #1
Ross Borden Ross Borden ... Man #2
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Party Butler
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Storyline

Working-class, blunt, down-to-earth good-guy construction worker Dutch Dooley is the current boyfriend of a wealthy, snobbish tycoon's ex-wife. Volunteering to drive the woman's son home to Chicago for Thanksgiving from his Georgia boarding school, Dutch doesn't expect a picaresque adventure with an insufferable 12-year-old snob (desperately insecure under the surface) who disapproves of him totally. Can they reach their destination as friends? Will they get home at all? Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Can a big kid bring out the child in a little jerk? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The bridge that Dutch crosses is in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the time of the movie, the road went nowhere. It ended a mile or so from the river. See more »

Goofs

When Doyle is riding in the back of the car and talking to the prostitute, shots of Doyle and the prostitute show many lights and other cars visible through the rear window. Shots through the front window of the car show an unlit, traffic-free road ahead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Party Woman: Pardon my incredulity, Natalie, but I'm very surprised to see you here. Pleasantly so, of course.
Natalie: I'm a little surprised to see myself here, too, Mary Alice. Pleasantly so, of course.
Party Woman: Were you here last year?
Natalie: No, I wasn't invited last year.
Party Woman: Oh, curious. That must have been an accident. Oh, do you know Libby?
Natalie: No, I don't believe I do.
Party Woman: Libby, this is Natalie Standish. Natalie is Reed's... Oh, is it alright to...
Natalie: Say that Reed got me pregnant when I was a barhop at your country club? Married...
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Crazy Credits

Extra footage of 'Dutch" shooting off fireworks plays behind end credits See more »

Alternate Versions

Although classified uncut at 12 for UK theatrical release, because the category was not available on video at the time, the UK video release is cut by 2s to remove a use of strong language for a PG rating. See more »


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Pipeline
Written by Bob Spickard and Brian Carman
Performed by The Ventures
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Critics were too rough on this one
27 June 2001 | by Thornfield2See all my reviews

About fifteen minutes into this movie I was thinking, "This kid needs a darn good spanking" but all he really needed was a little love and someone to listen and this changes him more than any thing. And that's all kids and teens really need. This film displays that. The kid's actions made some of my friends leave the room right in the middle of it, but if you look past these mischievious doings you can really see that it is a cry for help. Critics, I think were too harsh and really did not see was Hughes was trying to say. Ed O'Neil and Ethan Embry are very talented and they make a great team. This film has a good message behind it and recommend it to every one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Driving Me Crazy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,867,201, 21 July 1991

Gross USA:

$4,603,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,603,929
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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