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The Great Outdoors 1988

  • Howard Deutch
  • June 17, 1988
  • 91 mins
  • English
  • Comedy
The wildlife is wild, but his brother-in-law in unbearable.
It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig, his wife, Kate, and the couple's two daughters. As the excursion wears on, the Ripleys find themselves at odds with the stuffy Craig family.


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One of my top favorite comedy movies of the 80s!

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I know it's predictable.

I know the jokes are bad.

I know the story is as cookie-cutter as most of Hollywoods late 80s effort.

...BUT...I still like it.


John Candy's in it!!

I don't know what it was with that man, but he's as charismatic and funny as ever in a movie that shouldn't really have worked at all.

I don't say you should go out and buy it, but stick with it if you catch it on TV.

...and do catch the joke with the talking raccoons after the end credits.

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