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It's all assembly-line stuff.
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.
The acting is only a little more uninspired than the screenplay, which is directed without shame or flair by Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee.
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.
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.
It's not Hughes' worst comedy effort by far, but it surely is by no means his best...
A tiny peek into what the entire Hughes filmography might have been like if Hughes was a dogmatic Marxist.
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.
Coarse tale of family and Thanksgiving for teens.
Provides quite a few moments of fun and pathos for audiences who appreciate sophisticated family fare.
from the director of "Crocodile Dundee"? surely not!
Warmed-up John Huges pap. Not even the hard-working Ed O'Neill can save the day.
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.
Ed is completely hilarious in this movie. I was laughing all the time. Very cute...
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.
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
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