The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Man (John Candy) and family camp with obnoxious brother-in-law (Dan Aykroyd) and family.

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The Great Outdoors


Comedy91 Mins1988PG

It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley (John Candy), along with his wife, Connie (Stephanie Faracy), and their two kids, Buck (Chris Young) and Ben (Ian Giatti). But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd), his wife, Kate (Annette Bening), and the couple's two daughters. As the excursion wears on, the Ripleys find themselves at odds with the stuffy Craig family.


  • Amusing
  • Madcap
  • Lighthearted
  • Endearing