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The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
Actors: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening, Chris Young
Director: Howard Deutch
Genres: Comedy
PG     1998     1hr 31min

When an unannounced, uninvited and unwelcome family of fun-loving misfits converge upon a lakeside resort to join their relatives for a summer of relaxation, the result is anything but restive in this raucous comedy starri...  more »


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Actors: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening, Chris Young
Director: Howard Deutch
Creators: Ric Waite, Arne Schmidt, Elena Spiotta, John Hughes, Stephen Lim, Tom Jacobson
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: John Hughes, Dan Aykroyd
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/01/1998
Original Release Date: 06/17/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 06/17/1988
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Don D. (Donjay) from SAN DIEGO, CA
Reviewed on 11/18/2021...
John Candy and Dan Aykroyd- 2 of the best comedians in one film, One of John Candy's best films.
4 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 2/19/2018...
This movie is sooo much fun! John Candy and Dan Aykroyd bounce off each other and make me laugh all the way through this film! The kids are fantastic!
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 3/11/2011...
Great family movie.
3 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Ya Know What Hotdogs Are Made Out Of Dont'cha, Chet?"
Sheila Chilcote-Collins | Collinswood, Van Wert, OH USA | 09/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"John Candy as the big hearted family man, Chet Ripley and his sweet wife Connie played by Stephanie Faracy venture to Winconsin's big woods on the lake with their two boys for their yearly nice, relaxing, family vacation. Things are going well for the Ripley's until...

Chet's obnoxious, wheeler dealer, snake of a brother-in-law, Roman Craig, played by Dan Aykroyd and his snooty and icy wife Kate, played by Annette Bening (in her screen debut) show up quite unannounced to spend some family time with the Ripleys. Also in tow are Roman and Kate's two red headed creepy twin daughters Kara and Mara. These twin girls have nothing on the twin girls from the movie, "The Shining" except these creepy little girls are ALIVE!

However the Craig Family appearance at the Ripley cabin door is QUITE uninvited! That makes no nevermind to Roman, who spoils most of the family fun that Chet has planned for him and his sons.

When Chet is grilling hamburgers and hotdogs outside, Roman goes and buys lobsters to grill and spoils Chet's family meal. When Chet wants to rent a pontoon boat to fish with his boys, Uncle Roman instead rents a jetboat with a great water ski scene ensuing!

One of the best scenes in the movie is when the whole clan goes out to eat at a steakhouse and Chet puts down "the ol' 96'er". A 96 oz. steak (gristle, fat and all!!)so that the rest of the family can get their meals for free!

There is a nice romance budding between Chet's oldest boy Buck and another vacationer, Cammie (a young Lucy Deakins), several hilarious scenes with wildlife such as bats, raccoons and a bald headed bear of Calaveras County and a even a birthday party for a dead guy!

The Great Outdoors is a great family movie to be enjoyed by all!

Happy Watching!"
Downright hilarious!
Glynn Clapsaddle | San Diego, CA United States | 10/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love this movie, John Candy at his best with Dan Akroyd playing the uptight rich guy that we all love to hate. These two characters clash throughout the movie, displaying a great chemistry between the two actors. Watching this movie makes me sad that Candy is no longer with us, as he was just fun to watch.
The reason that I give this 4 stars is that I could not stand the forced summer teen romance that was a part of the formula for most movies in the 80's. They could have cut those bits out altogeher and it would have been better.
The physical comedy between John Candy and an eleven foot grizzly make this a classic and a must-have."
WHAT A HOOT! laughed all the way!
Andrew J. DiLiddo Jr. | Maryland USA | 11/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love John Candy and Dan Ackroyd in this film. Be willing to suspend any requirement you may have for reality and let your imagination run with the plot. THIS IS A VERY HONEST PORTRAYAL (IF STEREOTYPICAL) OF CHICAGO RESIDENTS WHO LEAVE CHICAGO TO GO NORTH TO WISCONSIN FOR VACATION (I've lived in Chicago). The film is not aging well, but, alas, John Candy is no longer with us so we have to content ourselves with what we have of John Candy and be grateful for the medium that has preserved his talent for us to still enjoy. The movie is reminiscent of the "Vacation" movies with Chevy Chase. I actually "guffawed", a huge belly laugh, at some of the stunts in this movie, especially the scene where John Candy is driving a car pulling a speed boat on a trailer. I agree with all of the positive reviewers here and just had to put my two cents in too. A scene at the beginning of the movie where John Candy's character talks his wife out of her bra while the kids are outside playing and another crack about using the washing machine as a substitute for sex, should have probably earned this movie a PG-13 rating instead of a straight PG. I noticed some negative reviews here from folks who showed the flick to too young viewers. BE SURE TO WATCH THE MOVIE THROUGH TO THE END. THERE IS A GREAT DANCE SCENE AT THE END WHILE THE CREDITS ARE RUNNING~~"