Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Great Outdoors (1988)

Directed by Howard Deutch

Starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening


Goofball, low-brow comedy, much in the same vein as Candy’s Summer Rental. Raccoons with subtitles and rock-themed circus music playing? Really?

John Hughes intended to direct the picture himself. I wonder how much better it would have been if he had.

Lucy Deakins is cute in a rebellious yet accessible Jean Louisa Kelly-in-Uncle Buck sort of way. This seems to have been a recurring John Hughes character.

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