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The Great Outdoors (1988)

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Movie Info & Cast


A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.


  • Dan Aykroyd
  • John Candy
  • Stephanie Faracy
  • Annette Bening
  • Chris Young
  • Ian Michael Giatti
  • Hilary Gordon
  • Rebecca Gordon
  • Robert Prosky
  • Zoaunne LeRoy

Did You Know?


  • Debut feature film of Annette Bening.
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  • When Roman is about to get in his car at the end of the movie, it is already running, yet when he closes the door, the car is heard starting off-screen.
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    • [Chet is being pulled by the boat on water-skies at high speed]
    • Chet: You bastard! You bastard!
    • Roman: I think he's saying go faster.
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Even for John Hughes, who writes movies in less time than most people write postcards, The Great Outdoors seems unusually slapdash.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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]

Metacritic review by Hal Boedeker
Hal Boedeker
Miami Herald

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]

Metacritic review by Liam Lacey
Liam Lacey
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)