These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
They're the best of friends... And they've got the scars to prove it.
To get to know his girlfriend's son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school....only to learn that her son's not the nicest kid.
The John Hughes-scripted, Peter Faiman-directed "Dutch" feels like it is cobbled together from chunks of better Hughes scripts, but it is still a fun, remarkably moving comedy. Following an odd couple pairing heading home for the Thanksgiving holiday, the film may come off as consisting of rejected pages from "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and "Home Alone," but it is a worthy, sometimes charming piece of work.
"Dutch" follows Dutch Cooley, an apparently working class, regular Joe, as he escorts his girlfriend's jerk of a son back to her for Thanksgiving. The two in no way get along, but Dutch is determined to put his best face forward and try to tolerate the intolerable school boy. A series of road-based adventures…
I'm a big fan of Married with Children. Combine that and the fact that I watched this a lot (on laserdisc) growing up, this movie is an easy win for me.
Love this movie. Hadn't seen it in years.
I love this movie. I usually watch it every year around Thanksgiving.
Strange: Part of the buddy-buddy craze of the late eighties/early nineties. It was movies like this that ruined it for everyone else.
This movie is criminally underrated.
Part Uncle Buck, part Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, Dutch is a John Hughes production through and through. I would not say that it is as good as either of those films, and it probably is a lesser film in his catalogue but it has the sweetness and humour that are really enjoyable.
Definitely could see the Ed o'neil character from modern family gets its start here. Not a great movie, but worth the watch.
Classic John Hughes magic. The real shame here is that Ed O'Neal is not in enough movies. How come Ethan Embry got to stay adorable and all the other child stars didn't? Seems unfair.
This is yet another movie that I saw when I was a kid but I hadn't watched in at least 20 years. At the time I thought it was fine so I decided to watch this when I saw it was on Netflix Instant.
The plot isn't too complex: JoBeth Williams is divorced from the snobby rich Christopher McDonald. She had a bratty son (Ethan Embry) with him, who is at a boarding school in Georgia because he's such a sh*thead. Her current boyfriend is Ed O'Neill. He agrees to pick him up from Georgia and return to... well, this was written by John Hughes so of course home base is Chicago or the Chicago area. Needless to say, Dutch…
The first act is a little over the top, but Dutch settles into a nice little groove as it progresses. Largely panned when it was released, Dutch has aged into a decent little comedy.
That kid was such a shit. It was awesome.
The John Hughes mixture of heartfelt drama, over-the-top hijinks, and biting dialogue doesn't strike the right balance as it does in his other, better efforts like PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, HOME ALONE, or THE BREAKFAST CLUB. This might be due to the director, Peter Faiman, who seems best known for CROCODILE DUNDEE and has this listed as his last feature film. O'Neill and Embry are game for what's asked of them in each scene, but the tone shifts are much more jarring here than they seem in other Hughes's scripts. The economic class conflict and burgeoning father / son dynamic has merit and gets mileage but seems to be from a different movie than the parts of…
This is my favorite Thanksgiving film. I watch it every fucking year. Ethan Embry is such a little shit. He could probably kick my ass though.
nothing burps better than bacon
My favorite films of 1991.