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"Ya Know What Hotdogs Are Made Out Of Dont'cha, Chet?" - A Great Vacation That Rivals The Griswolds!

  • May 12, 2009
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John Candy as the big hearted family man, Chet Ripley and his sweet wife Connie played by Stephanie Faracy venture to Winconsin's big woods on the lake with their two boys, Buck & Bennie for their yearly nice, relaxing, family vacation at Pine Lodge. Things are going well for the Ripley family until...

Chet's obnoxious, 80's yuppie - a Mercedes driving, wheeler dealer, snake of a brother-in-law, Roman Craig, played to the hilt by Dan Aykroyd and his snooty, icy wife Kate, played by Annette Bening (in her screen debut) show up quite unannounced to spend some family time with the Ripleys. This is all a ploy, of course, to bilk Chet out of $25,000 that Roman wants to "invest" for the Ripleys.

Also in tow are Roman and Kate's two red headed, creepy twin daughters Kara and Mara. These twin girls have nothing on the Grady twin girls from the film, "The Shining" except these creepy little girls are ALIVE!

However the Craig Family appearance at the Ripley cabin door is QUITE uninvited! That makes no nevermind to Roman, who spoils most of the family fun that Chet has planned for his family.

When Chet is grilling hamburgers and hotdogs outside, Roman goes and buys lobsters to grill and spoils Chet's family meal, prompting Roman to ask Chet if he knows what hotdogs are made of.  Then Roman states, "lips and @ssholes!"  When Chet wants to rent a pontoon boat to fish with his boys, Uncle Roman instead rents a "kick @ss jetboat" aptly named "SUCK MY WAKE" with a great water ski scene ensuing!

One of the best scenes in the movie is when the whole clan goes out to eat at a backwoods country steakhouse and Chet puts down "the ol' 96'er". A 96 oz. steak (gristle, fat and all!!)so that the rest of the family can get their meals for free!

There is a nice romance budding between Chet's oldest boy Buck and a local gal, Cammie (Lucy Deakins), several hilarious scenes with wildlife such as bats, raccoons and the famous bald headed bear of Calaveras County. Throw in a birthday party for a 110 year-old dead guy, washing machine spin cycles as a substitute for sex and you've got a great film that rivals National Lampoon's Vacation and The whole Griswold clan!

This 1988  film was directed by Howard Deutch and was written by the famous John Hughes.  

The Great Outdoors is a great family movie to be enjoyed by all!

Happy Watching!
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Movie, Film, Vacation, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, Annette Beining, Stephanie Faracy, Lucy Deakins


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