The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors (1988)

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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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 17, 1988
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matthew Sorrento

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Zany, over the top klutz comedy with Aykroyd and Candy.

Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Classic John Candy and Dan Akroyd

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Gerry Shamray
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Scott Weinberg

Two funny guys delivering very few laughs.

Bill Clark

Candy & Aykroyd make for a hilarious duo in an otherwise routine comedy.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Harmless, pointless time-killer

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
John Candy and Dan Aykroyd toughter in a John Hughes production? Dispite it's flaws... this chemistry always gonna be unforgetable, funny and very… More
Tim Salmons
A fun John Candy vehicle.
Phil Hubbs
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… More
Dean McKenna
This John Candy and Dan Aykroyd movie is completely goofy, but funny nonetheless. The two stars make up for any deficiencies with their great comic abilities.… More
Mike S
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… More
Jason Owens
You can never go wrong with some good ol' John Candy!