The Great Outdoors
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The Great Outdoors
In the John Hughes-scripted The Great Outdoors, John Candy stars as Chet Ripley, an oafish paterfamilias who takes his family on a vacation at a lakeside resort. Their enjoyment is seriously compromised when brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) shows up with his wife and kiddies. The rest of the film is an ongoing war between Ripley's carefree aggregation and Craig's obnoxiously prissy brood, and making things worse, a driving rainstorm forces both families to remain under one roof well-past their threshold of patience. Annette Bening makes her film debut as Aykroyd's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At the onset it seems that Candy, as in Uncle, plays the lower class half. Yet, by [Outdoors'] end we learn that the in-law is actually broke, essentially Cousin Eddie in disguise."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, IdentityTheory
"Zany, over the top klutz comedy with Aykroyd and Candy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Classic John Candy and Dan Akroyd"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
"Charming when it works, when it is based primarily in the interplay between characters or in the writer's unabashed nostalgia for a kind of cozy Americana."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
‑ Gerry Shamray, Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
"Two funny guys delivering very few laughs."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Candy & Aykroyd make for a hilarious duo in an otherwise routine comedy."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Harmless, pointless time-killer"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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