Dutch (1991)



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Movie Info

In this culture-clash comedy, a spoiled prep-school boy is horrified when he meets his mother's new boyfriend, Dutch, an unsophisticated, sometimes boorish working-class guy. When Dutch must drive the boy cross-country, the pair are forced to work through their instant hatred of each other.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
20th Century Fox

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as Brock

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as Homeless Woman

as Doyle Standish

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as Man with Blaster

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as Customer at Counter

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as Man at Booth

as Truck Driver

as Motel Waitress

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as White Man on Bus

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as Gas Station Waitress

as Elderly Man

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as Mike Malloy

as Riva Malloy

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Critic Reviews for Dutch

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

It's all assembly-line stuff.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If a film like this is to be funny at all, it had better work when the warring principals still hate each other, before the rich boy is shown to be a sweet kid and the whole story turns to mush.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The acting is only a little more uninspired than the screenplay, which is directed without shame or flair by Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hughes, a man more prolific than Stephen King and less inspired than Aaron Spelling, has produced yet another forgettable project. This movie shouldn't even be allowed on planes.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hughes has written, directed and/or produced so many of these films by now that perhaps we can even forgive him for beginning to repeat himself.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dutch


Written by teen flick supreme John Hughes and you can tell, all the way through is that classic light hearted soft whimsical humour that is a joy to watch. Much like 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' the plot is basically a road movie with two characters that simply don't match or get along, this time a blue collar worker Ed O' Neil and a snobby spoilt rich kid Ethan Embry.

O'Neil has the simple task of transporting his girl friends bratty kid from his rich school in Georgia to the family home in Chicago for Thanksgiving. As you can imagine this brings up much craziness from Ed 'Al Bundy' O' Neil as he tries to bond with the kid along the way. Sure its predictable and the humour is basic, not up to the standard of Candy and Martin, but its very sweet and heart warming as you would expect with a cracking blues/jazz/soul soundtrack.

Never did well upon release probably due to the not so big names involved and the fact its not that funny to be honest also Embry is a really annoying little shit haha. More lessons in life in this road movie than 'Planes Trains' which is fine but slightly cumbersome, still has that lovely cold wintry festive feeling that Hughes always manages to create which is prefect for curling up on the couch with nothing else to do on a frosty afternoon.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Ed is completely hilarious in this movie. I was laughing all the time. Very cute...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Great interactions between Ed O'Neill and Rusty from Vegas Vacation but the plot is somewhat lackluster, empty. John Hughes screenwriting ability was starting to fade at this point and he ventured off into primarily writing children's comedies.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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