The Great Outdoors

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Good cast can't help lame man vs. nature farce.

PG 1988 91 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 8+

Funny Movie

I remember watching this as a little kid and I can remember rewatching the bear chase scene over and over. This movie is hilarious but it's got some inappropriate stuff here and there and has some cigarette usage.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Would be PG-13 in todays standards

This is not as family friendly as it may look. There is scene with some sexual content and partial nudity.

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