The Great Outdoors

Published May 15, 2021

The Great Outdoors

Film info

  • Title The Great Outdoors
  • Director Howard Deutch
  • Year 1988
  • Run time 1hr 31m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline The wildlife is wild, but his brother-in-law is unbearable

It's a vacationer's worst nightmare, as wheeler-dealer Dan Aykroyd, his sexually repressed wife and eerie twin daughters join the easygoing John Candy and his straight-laced clan for a season for fun in the sun. Unfortunately, the only thing these two in-laws have in common is their intense dislike for each other. Soon, it's brother-in-law against brother-in-law in an uproarious and hilarious fight to the finish to see which one really knows how to enjoy The Great Outdoors.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:45 It makes me laugh when there’s a credit for original score when it’s an existing song playing.
6:35 “I just can’t relax in filth.”
8:52 Surprises are the worst.
15:17 BEAR!
17:21 Man, John Candy can absolutely own a room.
24:43 “That’s too much boat.”
36:46 It literally says not to feed the bear, why would you feed it?
47:45 No one’s been struck by lightning sixty-six times.
50:54 Eeek, bat attack.
51:34 “There’s a big difference between wimping and thinking.”
1:03:23 Roman is so out of line.
1:11:48 Somehow he got even more out of line!
1:23:48 Shotgun lamp is ridiculous.
1:26:21 “Race you home.”


I’m sure I’ve seen this before, it all felt quite familiar, but I didn’t remember any specifics of what was going to happen. It’s a good, solid John Hughes movie - a family thrown together in awkward circumstances, rubbing up against each other in all the wrong ways but learning to love each other by the end. Exactly what you’d expect.

Rating: 3 / 5

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