The Great Outdoors

6.71 h 30 min2021X-RayPG
A fun-loving Chicago man has high hopes for a serene family vacation at a lakeside resort, but the weekend goes awry when his obnoxious in-laws show up unannounced.
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Dan AykroydJohn CandyStephanie Faracy
English [CC]
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Annette BeningChris YoungIan GiattiHilary GordonRebecca GordonRobert ProskyuniversalUniversal Studios
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4.8 out of 5 stars

10988 global ratings

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  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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andrewReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best family movie ever!
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The Great Outdoors has been my favorite "summer family vacation" movie for the last 30 years. I've seen it many times and I always get a laugh. If you grew up taking these cheesy wilderness getaways that always resulted in a little too much togetherness you'll love it. The people giving it one star because it's "inappropriate for kids," or "cheesy and cliched" are just big sticks in the mud. You just don't get movies like this anymore. Nowadays, the only options kids have is either sanitized overly censored crap or filth. No in between. This movie is closer to reality than anything I've seen on screen in decades. At least the reality my friends and family experienced The fact that people can't relate to it goes to show how fractured and damaged the family unit has become in modern America.
33 people found this helpful
Gonzo the GrapeReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
No more blowing it out your kazoo
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I grew up watching this movie and was happy to upgrade to blu ray. It's a very reasonable price ($7.50 as I write this) and has a classic Great Outdoors picture and the audio and video are presented nicely. Unfortunately there aren't really any special features, but that's probably one of the reasons it's so cheap. I think the movie is funny and I enjoy watching it in the summer time. If you like John Candy and/or Dan Aykroyd then you most likely have seen this or would enjoy this. It's a great 80's movie.
11 people found this helpful
demonsRendangeredReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Late 80's flick
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Picked this up for $5 and to me it's worth it. Pretty classic movie from my point of view. Growing up in the 80's I remember this used to be on HBO every now and then and I'd enjoy watching it. John Candy is charming as usual and Dan Aykroyd has a bit of his fast talking humor that people might know him for. I can't imagine many would enjoy this if they grew up in the late 90's and beyond. It really was a movie of the times and has aged as such. Still entertaining for me though.
5 people found this helpful
BleachBlondieReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
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WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT -- CORNBALL FUN AT ITS BEST -- ( America's GenXer's were CREATIVE ) ...BEING SHAPED BY A MULTITUDE OF CRISES -- Lived Through It ALL -- (Aids Epidemic, Urban Decay, Oil Crisis, Chernobyl & Space Shuttle Disasters, War On Drugs) - Amongst many other soul-stirring events... EXCITING TIME PERIOD: World's Fair, Bicentennial, Millennium, Space Exploration …. GenXer's watched development of Home Computer, Video Games, Cable TV, INTERNET ... Basically... Born into a world free from any major WAR, hardship or devastation until the later end.... Arguably, low amount of excessive substance abuse (unlike the 60s). Survivalists'.
9 people found this helpful
JustaGuyReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not their best by a long shot
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This is the kind of movie you end up watching at a party at someone's house you don't know well and don't particularly like. Everyone is drinking beer and eating chips and junk in their rec room. No one is talking except to make comments about the babes in the movie.

You can't wait to go home.
5 people found this helpful
Movies Are CinemaReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Goofiness In The Wilderness Along With A Few Big Laughs And A Lot Of Chuckles.
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Sappy as hell, but with real heart. Aykroyd overplays his part, while Candy is the usual Candy. Interesting film in that this is Annette Bening's first "big" role in film. There are several stories going on at one time, and while they are not stellar, they aim for truth. A few big laughs, but mostly chuckles. Yet I like this flick enough to watch it again. And I did.
14 people found this helpful
jasonReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Feel Good Family Movie
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I have seen this movie a million times, but I just keep watching it over and over. I think its a nostalgia thing for me because it brings me back to my childhood. I remembering watching it on HBO during a summer I spent with my dad where he took me fishing and camping. So I really can relate to this story. Two dads coming together to make new memories with their kids, re-living their childhood through their kids. More so for Johns character than Aykryods who was their to scam his brother in law. The dislike that John Candys character has for Dan Aykryods is the humor that drives this movie coming to the end where in like every good movie they come together for a good old fashion sappy ending. Oscar performances? No, a great family movie your not embarrassed to watch with your kids yeah!
8 people found this helpful
Captain GrouperReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's a classic of old
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It's a classic yes, but guess I out grown this type of comedy. Although I was a teen in the 80s the type of comedy back then was way different than now. If you're a kid of the eighties then maybe you would like this but I doubt the kids of today would find it amusing
3 people found this helpful
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