The Great Outdoors

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Released 1988

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Director:
Howard Deutch
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG

The Great Outdoors is a 1988 slapstick comedy starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy as battling brother-in-laws on a family vacation. Chet Ripley (John Candy) wants to sing songs around the campfire with his wife, Connie (Stephanie Faracy), and two sons at a lakeside resort. His ideal vacation is fishing and enjoying the casual delights of the outdoors. His perfect plans take a nosedive with the unexpected arrival of yuppie Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd), Connie's brother. Roman brings along his uptight wife, Kate (Annette Being) and their two spoiled daughters. The two families immediately clash but their situation gets worse when bad weather forces them to stay indoors and in close quarters with one another. The amiable Chet tries to make the best of the situation but encounters with a bear, a bat and a pretentious brother-in-law bring out the worst in the usually mild-mannered Chicago family man. Harold Deutch ("Pretty in Pink") directs this family comedy, written by John Hughes ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off").

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Slapstick, Family Comedies