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Good cast is mostly wasted in another John Hughes's tale of vacation gone bad. A family's peaceful summer by the lake is disturbed by their uninvited, trouble-making relatives. Aykroyd and Candy are two funny guys done in by a lame script that awkwardly examines friendship and coming of age and throws in a giant bear when things get unbearably slow. May be fun for small fry.

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Available on Running time 91 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Vacations, Wilderness, Bears, Summer Camp, Coming of Age, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Cousins, Family Comedy
John Hughes
Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening, Chris Young, Lucy Deakins, John Bloom
Ric Waite
Howard Deutch
Thomas Newman
Mark Huffam, John Hughes

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Terry Hunter

wow just watched it again for the umteenth time.Still funny,a vacation family classic,some ruff langauge at times,unfortunetly but still alot of laughs.I think alot of dads or parents in general can relate to trying to get the older kids to continue family traditions or outings.This film was made in 88,but still holds true today and I believe aforever classic family entertaining fun.Also I would love to someday bring my family to such a wouderful place,it looked like so much fun,someting for everybody.In closeing I would like to add watching back on this movie, there will never be another vacation quite like this vacation for chet! Miss you John.