The Great Outdoors

1988

The Great Outdoors

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40%

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Reviews Counted: 15

70%
liked it

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70%
Average Rating: 3.3/5

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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

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Cast

Dan Aykroyd
as Roman Craig
John Candy
as Chet Ripley
Stephanie Faracy
as Connie Ripley
Annette Bening
as Kate Craig
Chris Young
as Buck Ripley
Ian Giatti
as Ben Ripley
Hilary Gordon
as Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon
as Mara Craig
Robert Prosky
as Wally, Lodge Manager
Nancy Lenehan
as Waitress
Cliff Bemis
as Boat Yard Owner
Paul Hansen
as Hot Dog Vendor
Debra Lee Ortega
as Dancing Biker Girl
Sierra Somerville
as Girl in Arcade
Christine Spiotta
as Woman in Crowd
Chris Bass
as Lodge Patron
Shirley Jane Harris
as Lodge Customer
Christopher Kinsman
as Irate Customer
Andy Prosky
as Grill Chef
Raleigh Bond
as Grandpa
Barry Thompson
as Kitchen Help
Bart the Bear
as the bald-headed bear
Brian Healy
as Man in Crowd
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Critic Reviews for The Great Outdoors

All Critics (15)

Audience Reviews for The Great Outdoors

½

John Candy and Dan Aykroyd toughter in a John Hughes production? Dispite it's flaws... this chemistry always gonna be unforgetable, funny and very entertaining.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Bit of a classic comedy that was watched by the whole family over the years whenever it would be show on TV, like many old Candy films it was a bit of a ritual to view these type of 80's comedies. The family holiday that hits disaster is a common theme with the likes of National Lampoons Vacation series being another classic and a much loved film when I was growing up, 'The Great Outdoors' isn't quite as good as 'Lampoon' to be honest, its a fun ride with some good moments but nothing outrageously funny. Candy is actually slightly upstaged here by the always good Aykroyd as the slimy 80's yuppie haha the rest of the cast including Annette Bening is rather weak like the whole film really, its simply Candy and Akyroyd that make it decent. Its cheesy and full of those obvious dated sets hehe plenty of silly stunts with doubles and the usual animal attack phobias by your typical terrified of nature yanks lol!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

This movie sure makes me long for the summer. A fun family-on-vacation flick, with John Candy and Dan Akroyd at the top of their comedic abilities. The story is quite simple and nothing extraordinary, but one that's easy to like and be entertained by. Even more so if you're the type of person who enjoy camping in the woods. A solid 3 out of 5.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

½

A fun John Candy vehicle.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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