The Great Outdoors

Synopsis: Big-hearted Chicago family man Chet has brought his family to a lakeside resort area, and although his wife and kids aren't quite as excited as he is, Chet has high hopes for the vacation. However, his optimism is sabotaged when his obnoxious brother-in-law Roman drops in unexpectedly, along with his snooty, strange family. Chet and his family try to stay open-minded, but they find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves because of the constant annoyance of Roman's presence.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Howard Deutch
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

- Yes, he does.

Anybody home?

Shelana the woods temptress

with Horny the bear, Smokey's cousin?


- Turn that off.

- Oh, yeah! No, Chester, you said it.

Do it on the floor!

Beautiful style. That's all right.

Role-playing helps in a marriage

after a while.

Turn the damn thing off.

That was quite a surprise.

You got me.

And the whole week you'll be here.

Ha-ha, OK!

Oh, wow. Just something.

Anyway, you're an intelligent man.

Thank you.

- Make a good living.

- Not bad.

- Got a good life.

- Pretty good.

- Answer me this.

- Sure.

Why would you want to come

to a no-man's-land like this

and live like a barbarian for a week?

- You wouldn't understand.

- Try me.

I have great memories of this country.

I used to come here with my dad

and I want the boys to have

the same memories.

Look around you, Roman, for God's

sakes, this is beautiful country.

Take a good look.

I'll tell you what I see,

if you want to know.

Yeah, I'm curious.

The underdeveloped resources

of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan,

a consortium exploiting over

a billion dollars in forest products.

I see a paper mill

and a mining operation,

a green belt between lakeside condos

and a waste management facility

focusing on the newest rage in waste -

medical refuse.

Infected bandages, body parts,

IV tubing, syringes,

fluid, blood, radioactive waste -

all contained,

sunken in the lake

and sealed for centuries.

I ask you, what do you see?

I just see...

see trees.

No one ever accused you

of having a grand vision.

While the ambitious scramble

for wealth and power,

the Chets of the world can lay back

and casually stroll along life's path.

- That's a compliment.

- Oh, thanks.

The rest of us will probably die

of strokes long before you!

I hope so. Wouldn't that be great?

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John Hughes

An American filmmaker. Beginning as an author of humorous essays and stories for National Lampoon, he went on to write, produce and sometimes direct some of the most successful live-action comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s. Most of Hughes's work is set in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is best known for his coming-of-age teen comedy films which often combined magic realism with honest depictions of suburban teenage life. more…

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