This review for the John Hughes Blogathon comes, again, from Rob of Movie Rob. Thanks so much, Rob – you’re a Hughes-reviewing MACHINE! Lol! Let’s see if he liked Dutch. 🙂
“I feel the pain in my crotch in my teeth!” – Dutch
Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A man agrees to accompany his girlfriend’s son on a trip from Georgia to Chicago in order for them all to be together for Thanksgiving.
My Take on it – This movie is a bit of a disappointment for me because John Hughes tries to take a formula that worked so well for him in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and reinvent it for a child and an adult road trip.
The characters in this movie (Dutch and Doyle) just aren’t as interesting as those of Del and Neal. Hughes also “dumbs”-down the humor here and most of the supposedly funny lines just make you roll your eyes instead of cracking a smile.
I think that that’s the key as to why many of Hughes’ later movies didn’t work. He tried so hard to recreate the success of his earlier movies that he recycled many of the situations and tried to use new characters and locales that just don’t work as well. This is actually quite apparent in many of his movies, not just here.
Ed O’Neill, is a very talented actor. This is easy to see in everything he does because instead of always being typecast as an Al Bundy kind of guy, he is usually able to transcend that kind of role and successfully create new characters for himself very different from the Al Bundy’s of the world.
The few scenes that do work well here are few and far between.
Stick to Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) if you want to see a movie like this that does it right!
Bottom Line – Hughes’ attempt to make a more kid friendly road movie in a similar vain to Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) just doesn’t work so well despite Ed O’Neill trying his best.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
Movie Rob, you are indeed a machine! Good work here mate!
Agree. Thanks again, Rob! : ) I’ve actually never seen this one…
I’ve seen this!!! I remember really liking it!! HA HA – now I kind of want to watch it again… Mutant, Rob – who can we call “Dutch”?
A better Dutch was Arnie in Commando (1986) 🙂
I love that nickname!
Whaaaat? Eric has seen a Hughes movie that I haven’t?!?!? I’ve seen Commando, though! ; )
I KNOW! WTF?!?!?!?!?!
Someone buy a lottery ticket!!
I rewatched it recently and it was much better when I was 12, but still fun to watch
Thanks again Ms. Mutant! You ain’t seen nothin yet!!!!
Can’t wait to see the rest! : )
Reblogged this on MovieRob and commented:
Thanks again to Table9Mutant at Cinema Parrot Disco for letting me be a part of the amazing John Hughes blog a thon. If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend you check it out!
Thank YOU!!! : )
no need, I’m enjoying it immensely!
Awesome I haven’t seen this movie referenced in years. I hate to admit this but I actually used to love this movie, I used to watch it over and over again, but you have to remember I was 11 years old. 🙂
but have you seen it as an adult?
No shame in loving a Hughes movie! And I loved MUCH worse films as a kid (umm… Troop Beverly Hills comes to mind. And, hell – I was mid-teens! Lol!!)
OMG me too I loved that movie!! I so wanted to sell girl scout cookies after I saw that. If you ever do a classic 80s movies blogathon that one would be perfect to do.
Lol! I don’t know… Would people stop following me if I reviewed Troop Beverly Hills? And Ladybugs? ; ) No, my next blogathon will be VERY different from the Hughes films. I’m actually really looking forward to the one I have planned next. : )
I never saw this one, Rob. Now I know not to change that. Good review.
I never saw this either. I suck at watching Hughes films! Lol! Kind of want to check this one out now, though.
not missing much Josh!
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