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John Hughes re-works his already over-used formulas from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and Uncle Buck in this bald-faced rip-off directed by Peter Faiman. Ed O'Neill stars as working stiff Dutch Dooley. Dutch is in love with Natalie (JoBeth Williams), who is recovering from a failed marriage to the priggish Reed (Christopher McDonald). Her 13-year-old son Doyle (Ethan Randall) blames Natalie for the break-up of the marriage. Doyle is an effete and snobbish rich kid betraying inflections of William F. Buckley. When he refuses to join his mother for Thanksgiving, Dutch heads off to… More

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"It's all assembly-line stuff."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The acting is only a little more uninspired than the screenplay, which is directed without shame or flair by Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"from the director of "Crocodile Dundee"? surely not!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"I's not hard to understand how Hughes turns out so many screenplays. He probably just leaves the old ones in his computer so they're easier to rewrite."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Coarse tale of family and Thanksgiving for teens."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Warmed-up John Huges pap. Not even the hard-working Ed O'Neill can save the day."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A tiny peek into what the entire Hughes filmography might have been like if Hughes was a dogmatic Marxist."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Provides quite a few moments of fun and pathos for audiences who appreciate sophisticated family fare."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Simply a tired, predictable retread of plot snippets and hollow characters from previous Hughes productions."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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