I don’t know how many more of these will turn up either, you guys. I was somewhat shocked at the omissions I made when looking back, and I want to remedy that for all posterity, given that Knowingly Undersold will undoubtedly be my lasting legacy, writing-wise (at least for those of you still unfamiliar with Parade Day – available on Amazon!). There was a list I worked from to assemble these countdowns over the years, and somehow they never became comprehensive enough, and so mistakes were made. I’m sorry! And today’s apology is mostly owed to:
The Great Outdoors (1988)
How I overlooked what often first occurs to me in the canon of great John Candy roles I have no idea. It’s not like I didn’t have Candy on the brain with this list – there are loads of his films still to come – but maybe it’s just that I hadn’t seen it in a while? I have no good excuse. There are plenty of great, iconic moments in this movie – from the above, where Chet Ripley conquers the Old 96er, to “We’ll give them a ride in Suck My Wake” – and a terrific, oily performance by Dan Aykroyd as Chet’s brother-in-law Roman. Oh, and the raccoons! How funny are the raccoons?! And the bald bear! I’m an idiot.
This movie would’ve probably landed right around here – maybe #324ish, just ahead of Fourteen Hours. Hugely disappointed in myself! We watched this movie to death when we were kids, but I hadn’t seen it in some time, so it just slipped my mind in the rankings. Consider yourself recognized, Great Outdoors!