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Dutch (1991)

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Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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John Hughes re-works his already over-used formulas from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Uncle Buck in this bald-faced rip-off directed by Peter Faiman. Ed O'Neill stars as working stiff Dutch Dooley. Dutch is in love with Natalie (JoBeth Williams), who is recovering from a failed marriage to the priggish Reed (Christopher McDonald). Her 13-year-old son Doyle (Ethan Randall) blames Natalie for the break-up of the marriage. Doyle is an effete and snobbish rich kid betraying inflections of

PG-13,

Comedy

Mar 22, 2005

20th Century Fox

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It's all assembly-line stuff.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The acting is only a little more uninspired than the screenplay, which is directed without shame or flair by Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A tiny peek into what the entire Hughes filmography might have been like if Hughes was a dogmatic Marxist.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Hughes appears to love these characters, but he's serving a platter of rancid gags, losing interest as the story lurches from one roadside encounter to the next.

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Coarse tale of family and Thanksgiving for teens.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Provides quite a few moments of fun and pathos for audiences who appreciate sophisticated family fare.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

from the director of "Crocodile Dundee"? surely not!

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Warmed-up John Huges pap. Not even the hard-working Ed O'Neill can save the day.

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Simply a tired, predictable retread of plot snippets and hollow characters from previous Hughes productions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

I's not hard to understand how Hughes turns out so many screenplays. He probably just leaves the old ones in his computer so they're easier to rewrite.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.
October 21, 2011
phubbs1

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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.
November 16, 2009
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Lenny Muggsy

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This is an excellent movie. Ed O'Neil is very good. The movie is mainly about the relationship that builds between the spoiled rich son of O'Neil's girlfriend and Ed O'Neil's bluecollar character. It kind of reminds me of another film written by John Hughes, the John Candy/Steve Martin movie 'Planes, Trains, & Automobiles'. Both movies are about the various mishaps that occur between the two lead characters while on a cross county trip. O'Neil shows that he has much more going for him then being 'Al Bundy'(not that there's anything wrong with that). I have seen him in a number of films and he is good doing drama as well as comedy. If you are a fan of John Hughes movies, such as: Vacation, Ferris Bueller, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Uncle Buck, and Home Alone, to name a few, than you will like this movie
August 8, 2009
matertenebraum

Super Reviewer

    1. Dutch: I've talked to you and talked to you until I can puke coat hangers.
    – Submitted by ethan t (2 years ago)
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