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Awesome: 28.26%
Worth A Look: 10.87%
Average: 15.22%
Pretty Bad: 10.87%
Total Crap34.78%

2 reviews, 34 user ratings

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Great Outdoors, The
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by Slyder

"The Dumb Outdoors"
1 stars

Why did John Hughes have to be so formulaic? It pretty much fucked his career at the end of the 80s all the way through (Ok, Home Alone was fun, but lets not go wacky about it). Back then he was becoming a teen-angst icon, and also throwing in his much established National Lampoonís vacation movies, and if it werenít for Hughes writing this turd, you would call it a ďNational Lampoonís Vacation rip-off.Ē

The film is about Chet (John Candy) and his family, going on an outdoors vacation on a lakeside resort area a few miles from Chicago, looking for peace and quiet. But hey, here comes his wacky brother Roman (Dan Aykroyd) with his family, with their wacky antics and shit and all hell breaks loose once again.

Griswold family anyone?

Ok, this film is dumb, even for a comedy. Itís mostly unfunny, the plot is lame in many parts, and the jokes fall flat. I mean, whatís so funny watching Chet gobble up a 96 lb. Steak? Whatís so funny watching raccoons take down the trash cans? Whatís so funny watching Chet trying to tame his horse? Or seeing him water-ski? And finally the big fucker: whatís so funny watching a bear getting his ass blown off in the most stupidest of ways? That scene wasnít funny, and I just felt dumb. After the film ended, I felt even dumber for having watched it. Seeing Chet being the butt of Romanís jokes wasnít even interesting, and in the end, youíll feel a little annoyed. And then thereís some teen romance involving Chetís horny (coming of age, I guess) son and a red-hot gal, but always getting into fights and troubles, but hey, at the end, opposites attract. Yeah, like we never seen this before. Hughes and many other filmmakers have done it before, even better. Director Howard Deutch tries to cope with the half-baked script by Hughes but in the end is all for nothing since the ending product is really mediocre. The ending is a big groaner, and youíll just cringe even worse after taking so such stupidity.

John Candy manages to save somewhat the show due to his talent as a comedian but by the end you wonít even care. Shame because he can be funny (Planes Trains And Automobiles) but here heís struggling, and you can tell. Dan Aykroyd is on autopilot, Annette Benning is very plastic for her first movie role, and those twins were extremely annoying, but no more than watching a bearís ass being shot off.

In the end, this film is awful, itís pathetic and technically, itís a National Lampoonís Vacation rip-off. Of course, if youíre a diehard John Candy/Dan Aykroyd fan, you might enjoy it, but the rest, youíre better off avoiding it. Watch any National Lampoons Vacation movie instead. Gosh this movie was so dumb I nearly wanted to blow John Hughes ass off with my gun for wasting one and half hours of my life.

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User Comments

11/07/17 Jack Barkley Pathetic attempts at coarse humor misfire most of the time. 2 stars
3/18/14 Phil I don't care what anyone says, this is a classic summer-vacation-in-the-woods comedy. 5 stars
7/08/09 *Holy_J@lapeno* Enjoyable. Wasnt the best john candy movie but still was a riot ^_^ 3 stars
10/22/06 maddy everyone who rated this bad is obviously just looking for attention or something. 5 stars
8/03/06 sophie scaife i thought it was a movie to get you happy when your down 5 stars
9/02/05 ES Still laugh at the racoons 5 stars
2/06/05 Jeff Anderson Only John Candy saves this bland & joyless comedy. NOT WORTH THE TIME OR TROUBLE!!!!!!!!!!! 2 stars
11/23/04 Matt i love this movie! 5 stars
9/29/04 Katy Culen Hilarious! 5 stars
7/30/04 jason mcclintock this movie is great!!! A++ 5 stars
5/12/04 matt ill 4 stars
3/21/03 Jack Sommersby Fairly funny stuff. Without Candy and Akroyd, it's be unbearable. 3 stars
12/11/02 mido bad 1 stars
11/19/02 mitchel dickel It sucked ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
11/16/02 JL Carriere Liked it alot.......I can relate to it ! 5 stars
10/05/02 Josh this movie is one of the all time best, and it's a 96 oz steak, not a 96 lb steak dumd ass. 5 stars
10/03/02 TimmyTomorrow Big bear chase! Now that's comedy! 5 stars
10/02/02 Charles Tatum Raccoons ain't funny 2 stars
9/27/02 Rebecca it was terrific and funny 5 stars
9/11/02 chuck dawson awesome...1 of my 10 best 5 stars
2/22/02 kitten This movie is funny but it does have its bad moments 3 stars
1/23/02 bryan this movie was fucking funny, OZ is a worthless peice of shit. 4 stars
10/13/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* It's a real damn shame when your actors are upstaged by RACCOONS!!! 2 stars
5/30/01 Chevy Murray The best $38 I ever spent!! 4 stars
4/05/01 Andrew Carden It delivers a few really funny moments, but I was expecting way more. 4 stars
3/02/01 lisa buck should've been cuter 3 stars
12/10/00 Tiffany An Incredible comedy...if you have a sense of humour!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/23/99 Neil Ferris No-brainer family comedy 3 stars
9/24/99 KK Funny movie actually worth watching. 4 stars
9/13/99 Jason Kinsey i love John Candy. That is all. 3 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Howie Duetch aka Sucky John Hughes. But heck, them racoons were a hoot! 2 stars
10/11/98 J-Guy normal SNL alumni flick. not great, not awful. 3 stars
10/10/98 {{{OZ}}} John Candy looked visibly unhappy in this film. National Lampoon without the Griswald's. 1 stars
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  02-Feb-1988 (PG-13)


  02-Jul-1988 (PG)

Directed by
  Howard Deutch

Written by
  John Hughes

  Dan Aykroyd
  John Canndy
  Stephanie Faracy
  Annette Bening
  Chris Young
  Ian Giatti

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