The Great Outdoors Movie Review 1988

Information and Film Reviews for The Great Outdoors the Movie

Staff rating

Visitor rating
3.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Good cast is mostly wasted in another John Hughes's tale of vacation gone bad. A family's peaceful summer by the lake is disturbed by their uninvited, trouble-making relatives. Aykroyd and Candy are two funny guys done in by a lame script that awkwardly examines friendship and coming of age and throws in a giant bear when things get unbearably slow. May be fun for small fry.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 91 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Vacations, Wilderness, Bears, Summer Camp, Coming of Age, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Cousins, Family Comedy
John Hughes
Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening, Chris Young, Lucy Deakins, John Bloom
Ric Waite
Howard Deutch
Thomas Newman
Mark Huffam, John Hughes

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