• The Great Outdoors (1988)

The Great Outdoors

Release Date: June 17th, 1988

DVD Release Date: July 1st, 1998

PG |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley (John Candy), along with his wife, Connie (Stephanie Faracy), and their two kids, Buck (Chris Young) and Ben (Ian Giatti). But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd), his wife, Kate (Annette Bening), and the couple's two daughters. As the excursion wears on, the Ripleys find themselves at odds with the stuffy Craig family.

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening, Robert Prosky, Chris Young, Ian Michael Giatti, Hilary Gordon

Director: Howard Deutch

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Hughes Entertainment

Keywords: 1980s, Wife, Sister, Son, Endearing, Rivalry, Daughter, Amusing, Madcap, Father, Lighthearted

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Even for John Hughes, who writes movies in less time than most people write postcards, The Great Outdoors seems unusually slapdash. show more

  • 25
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    What can you say about a film the comic high point of which is Dan Aykroyd standing half-naked in a bathroom while extracting hairs from his nostrils with manicure scissors? For starters you can say it's bad, as bad as a film can be that looks to National Lampoon's Vacation for creative inspiration. [17 June 1988]

  • 50
    Hal BoedekerMiami Herald

    The Great Outdoors isn't great. The Dopey Outdoors would be more like it. It's wildly uneven, yet consistently dumb. [17 June 1988, p.C5]

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