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Working man Dutch (Ed O'Neill) is dating the divorced Natalie (JoBeth Williams), and he offers to drive her stuffy 13-year-old, Doyle (Ethan Randall), from his private school in Atlanta to his mother's home in Chicago for Thanksgiving. Doyle is not interested as he blames Natalie for the divorce and wants nothing to do with Mom's new boyfriend, especially given the man's lowly, working-class roots. This pairing makes for a journey filled with bickering, mishaps and, eventually, bonding.

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  • Oct 21, 2011
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2011
    Married With Children's Ed O'Neill plays a working class good hearted Dutch Dooley, who offers to bring his girlfriend's (JoBeth Williams) son (Ethan Embry) home from an upper-class private school for the Thanksgiving holidays by having a nice little road trip. He wants to "bond" with the youngster as he hopes to marry Williams soon. Naturally nothing goes right and the typical situations occur with this snobby supercilious whippersnapper being a regular pain in the butt.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2010
    Ed O'Neill is a pretty good actor. He did mostly light stuff throughout his career, but he can do a number of different personalities, and well. O'Neill is only one of two reasons Dutch even kind of works. The other is the timing of his character, Dutch, and Ethan Randall's, Doyle, becoming closer through the movie. The directing, writing and editing are bad. Really bad. Better writing alone would have saved Dutch, and I don't know how much more editing could have helped with what Hursch and Bernardi had to cut. They do, however, have a bunch of crappy movies under their belts. Dutch is on TV and movie channels occasionally and is harmless enough to watch and get a small laugh or two from.
    Jason C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2009
    Ed is completely hilarious in this movie. I was laughing all the time. Very cute...
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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