Dutch (1991) John Hughes is so deliberate about reshuffling his past hits that a new film written and produced by him often resembles a sidewalk game of… PG-13 Comedy Ethan Randall Ed O'Neill Peter Faiman
Movie Review

Dutch (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
D+

Details Rated: PG-13; Genre: Comedy; With: Ethan Randall, Ed O'Neill and Peter Faiman

John Hughes is so deliberate about reshuffling his past hits that a new film written and produced by him often resembles a sidewalk game of three-card monte: The cards remain the same — all that differs is the arrangement (and the dealer's trickery). In Dutch, a cross between Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Dutch Dooley (Ed O'Neill), a slobby, warmhearted, junk-food- eating galoot, takes a cross-country trek with his wealthy girlfriend's adolescent son (Ethan Randall). The kid is a toxic snob, but Dutch practices a little tough love on him, and by the time they arrive in Chicago for Thanksgiving — is there a Hughes film that doesn't end in Chicago at Thanksgiving? — the two have shared enough disastrous mishaps to bond. Hughes has always bragged about his ability to toss off a script in a weekend. When you see a movie like Dutch, the surprise isn't that he can do it, but that he's actually proud of the fact. D+

Originally posted Jul 26, 1991 Published in issue #76 Jul 26, 1991 Order article reprints