When it comes to John Hughes films, this is among his family films, moving on from the teen offerings he made in the mid 1980s. This film shows us more of the relationship between parents and their children; siblings of not only the younger generation, but their parents’ generation, and then there’s the relationship between husbands and wives. All of which offers the love and awkwardness of being part of a family.
There are the values of two families linked by blood, but who have taken different paths and idealisms in their lives. One which is more family oriented and the other more money minded. This, as you would expect, brings out the worst in the family gathering on a holiday and the best in the humour and our interest in what we enjoy here.
This really is a film which holds the two families together when there really is no reason to, but then again, there would be no film if that wasn’t the case. But, that would be to presume there is nothing more than what lies on the surface. There is always something more to pull us in than we presume and therefore this film works nicely in that we want to see a family at war with itself. This is a great hour and a half which is fun and takes us on a ride that spans over a few days of a holiday, which reveals the actual intentions of why certain people are as they pretend not to be.
This is a light hearted look at life that will make you laugh and find yourself enjoying the misfortune of those who have to put up with it. The younger generation of the film try to find their own interests and people they would rather hang around with. The added idea that both families are out in the country, away from their normal city lives which they are accustomed to, there is much to be enjoyed here, which is a grand sight to see in a way that it is neither abusive or over the top.
This is a film which I have watched numinous times and still find entertaining many years after its release in the late 1980s, and I’m sure I’ll see it many more times. There are moments which will make you laugh, some which will make you smile and some which will make you understand and appreciate family members for all their faults.