THE GREAT OUTDOORS (Theatrical Release USA 1988)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

The Great Outdoors
plays the comedic talents of John Candy and Dan Aykroyd together to produce a good family story that is worth watching. The story has spunk, but not quite enough comedy and comedy that works on the ‘chuckle’ level rather than the belly laugh level. Very good work by Director Howard Deutch.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


A lake vacation is crashed by unannounced relatives.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Howard Deutch for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Sean Daniel, John Hughes, and Tom Jacobson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd), Chet Ripley (John Candy), Connie Ripley (Stephanie Faracy), Kate Craig (Annette Bening), Buck Ripley (Chris Young), Ben Ripley (Ian Michael Giatti), Cara Craig (Hilary Gordon), Mara Craig (Rebecca Gordon), Wally (Robert Prosky), Juanita (Zoaunne LeRoy), Cammie (Lucy Deakins), Waitress (Nancy Lenehan), Jimbo (John Bloom), and Herm (Lewis Arquette).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is a good family share movie for ages eight and up. Great work for all involved.

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