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Middle of the road Candy... with some great moments!
on February 3, 2004
I remember "The Great Outdoors" being downright hilarious when I first saw this on the big screen in 1988/89. Candy & Aykroyd were, dare I say, in their 'prime'. Over the years tho, it's lost some of it's luster when viewed on the smaller box. While there's no comparison to Candy's "Planes, Trains & Automobiles", or "Uncle Buck" (or even Aykroyd's "The Blues Brothers" or "Trading Places") this movie has an equally important spot on your DVD library shelf. In "The Great Outdoors", John Candy plays the caring good guy family man with a heart, named Chet. His obnoxious brother Roman (played to a tee by Dan Aykroyd) comes to the log cabin unannounced with his snob of a wife Kate (played by then newcomer Annette Bening). When Chet's realization of his nice quiet vacation in the outdoors is going to be ruined by his arrogant brother... he trys desperately to make the best of the situation. Some dull moments are interlaced here with some extremely funny scenes... including some witty raccoons; Chet unintentionally going waterskiing; a flying bat inside the log cabin; a big bald bear; and probably the best moment - Chet eating the "Big 96'er". Outside of the original movie trailer, this DVD comes with no extras what-so-ever. Perhaps this was a sign that this typical 80's comedy was destined for the bargain rack. Glad this is finally out on DVD in the year 2004... what took Universal Studios so long?