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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

The Great Outdoors 1988

  • Big Country
  • Watched on Sunday Oct 11, 2020 via iTunes (2016 | Universal Studios | 1080p)
    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Candy and Aykroyd are great, but John Hughes’s script proves uneven. At its best, it’s a great Vacation film, with Candy’s part subbing for Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold. The skit-based structure reinforces the comparison. At its worst, the script’s melodramatic rescue sequence foreshadows Hughes’s lesser later work.