Dutch makes an effort to bond with the boy, only to find that he is constantly challenging him for control. The two are at a battle of wits, as Dutch is trying to bond with the boy who hates him for being a middle class individual who is not a millionaire like his father. The movie then transitions to a planes, trains and automobiles like film as they go through various plans to try and get home. This includes hitchhiking, being robbed by call girls, and being passed for homeless grifters.
Dutch is a good enough comedy for its time. It is not as classic as some of John Hughes other films, but stands on its own in some regards. Like most of Hughes films, he is able to create a scene that truly gives that makes the movie endearing. This occurs when Dutch and Doyle are at a homeless shelter, and they experience the side of lives of those who truly need help. They come to realize that there is more to life than their petty squabbles. Dutch does not deliver in some of the comedic level or have as many good lines as Home Alone, Planes Trains and Automobiles and other comedies, but it is worth watching for anyone who is a fan of Ed O Neil or John Hughes films.
I would rate it 7/10 OR 3.5/5
Working class man Dutch Dooley is in charge of bringing his girlfriend's son Doyle home from boarding school for Thanksgiving, hoping to bond with him over time and change his preppy and hateful attitude towards nearly everyone except his father. Mischief and slapstick ensues where Dutch and Doyle try to outdo each other and fall for down on their luck traps.
Dutch seemed primarily like an excuse to get a well liked comedic TV actor into a Home Alone like plot - after all, in 1991 Home Alone and Married with Children dominated their respective entertainment platforms. Dutch, however, is far from Al Bundy - the chemistry between Dutch and Doyle is flat and feels incredibly forced, rivalling that of a familiar John Candy and Steve Martin buddy comedy schtick. It attempts to remain sweet yet real in Doyle's divorced parenting emotions and the various troubles Dutch and Doyle encounter on their way home but cannot rival that of Home Alone's sweetness aspect. There were various scenes I did enjoy and Ed O'Neil's character is likable and relatable, but Dutch falls short in its goals to make some box office dough in simply repeating what audiences loved the first time.
VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)