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Dutch [Blu-ray]
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2001
Format: VHS TapeVerified Purchase
This 1991 John Hughes film was a gigantic dud at the box office and was critically panned by pretty much every critic. Well guess what?, I like it!. It's far from being great, but as far as guilty pleasures go, this one is a good one. Ed 'O' Neill plays Dutch Dooley, a normal, everyday schlub who is in a relationship with a well to do woman, played by Poltergeists' JoBeth Williams. Dutch volunteers to go get her son at a private school and bring him home for Thanksgiving. Easy as pie, right?. Well, no. The kid is an uptight, snobbish brat. The ride home is full of one disaster after another. Dutch and Doyle try desperatley to get home, while the two constantly bicker at each other. During this time, Doyle gets a good dose of reality thrown in his face. Many moments are actually quite serious. Your not expecting it. The funny momets are quite humorous. All the things Dutch does to Doyle is, I must say, pretty funny. Doyle is played by Ethan Randall, who went on to appear in "That Thing You Do", "Vegas Vacation", "Can't Hardly Wait", and the FOX series "Freakylinks", which he went under Ethan Embry. 'O' Neill displays his great comedic talent and sly witicisms that he perfected on "Married With Children". The ending, this being a John Hughes film, is warm, fuzzy, and happy. Would you expect anything less?. All in all, it's a decent and harmless little road movie. Not bad.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Ohhhh, this is a good one. The magnificent dueling performances by Ethan Embry and Ed O'Neill keep you glued to the screen like you're watching some crackerjack tennis match as the two battle back and forth.
Ed O'Neill plays Dutch, a wealthy professional who feels more at ease wearing a softened pair of corduroy pants while drinking a beer and eating pretzels than he does seeing an opera or visiting the local country club. He falls for JoBeth Williams' character, Natalie, the divorcee to a rich, snobby businessman -- the same man who has managed to turn their son Doyle against her. Knowing that he's going to "pop the question" soon, Dutch volunteers to go to Doyle's ritzy boarding school in Georgia to bring him home via car for the Thanksgiving holiday. By doing so, he's hoping that they will have a unique chance to bond and that the boy will be more loving to his mother.
Ohhhhh, Dutch....what were you thinking?? It's a nightmare!! From the moment they meet, the two are battling at every level. Ethan Embry is OUTSTANDING as Dobsy (errr, Dwayne...uhmm, no....Digby?). He plays the part of the spoiled rich brat to perfection. Their funny misadventures on the road home put them in all sorts of hilarious situations...from losing their car in a freak "accident" to hitchhiking a ride with some hookers to spending the night at a homeless shelter. It keeps getting funnier with every turn. Ed O'Neill takes Dutch to a whole new level with his calm, cool collectedness. He displays incredible control of his character and you'll just be cheering for the guy the whole time.
The touching moments are when we see Doyle by himself, contemplating his attitude about life and his family. When he thinks no one is watching, Doyle is surprisingly sensitive and not so much the young adult who probably has a stock ticker in his closet...he's just a lost, struggling teenager who's as vulnerable as the rest of us.
But the ultimate question is...will Dutch succeed in winning Doyle over? You'll just have to watch and see for yourself!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2005
Format: DVD
Two things. First, I think this movie is somewhat of a sleeper that many people overlook, may have heard a little bit about, caught once on cable, or totally forgotten. That's tragic. It's an awesome movie, and, even if it does resemble John Hughes' close movie with Steve Martin and John Candy ("Planes, Trains and Automobiles") only to the extent that it involves trying to get home for the holidays and a road trip, from that point, it's a totally different movie and really stands on its own.

Second, this movie shows that Ed O'Neill should never simply be thought of as simply the dad from "Married with Children." He is an amazing actor, and I could envision NOONE else having filled this role. He was perfect for it, and I totally could relate to him at every turn. He was truly a fella after my own heart.

The bottom line is that this simply a great movie with a great message. Something you can watch with your old mom and pop, and your bratty neice and nephew and not worry about too much. Brief scene with a couple of hookers, but this is played down so much and is so tongue-in-cheek, that there are no worries there. Other than that, great movie, classic moments, outrageously funny situations and one-liners, with a good, solid message to send home.

I really can't recommend it enough and was very thankful to find it being released on dvd after all this time. Get it while you can.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful movie & I'm glad to see it finally on DVD! I'll be picking this up immediately as I'm wearing out my cable-recorded copy. If you're a fan of Ed O'Neil, see this movie. He plays the classic "blue collar" guy (think a more well-off version of "Married... With Children's" Al Bundy) to Ethan Embry's snotty brat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I love Ed O'Neill's acting!He is truly a great performer!I thought he was funny as Al Bundy,but as Dutch Doolie he is perfect for the role.It is one of my best favorites with a superb mix of hilarity and heart touching moments,along with a talented cast keeping me enjoying it and never tiring of it.Story line is one ripe for comedy and adventure,and on location with real snow makes for such a reality style of this genre.Excellent movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I am a rather big fan of Holiday movies. I have my personal favorites for Halloween and Christmas. As far as Thanksgiving, there really isn't much. There's a Charlie Brown special and that's about it. But then there is this. Dutch, the definitive Thanksgiving Holiday film. A john Hughes script that has equal feelings Home Alone and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, this road trip film about a boy and his mother's new boyfriend bonding while driving across a few states, is an instant classic. This movie isn't just great because it's basically the only live action Thanksgiving movie, this movie is great because it succeeds in every avenue a movie should. It's funny, entertaining, has subtext, a message and heart. Well shot, well cast and well acted, you'd be hard pressed to find anything about this movie not to like. This is one of those movies like A Christmas Story that should be watched every year around it's respective holiday. They don't really make movies like this anymore, which is downright disappointing.

Unfortunately this movie wasn't a huge box office success or that well known so it hasn't gotten very good treatment from its studio. There are no special features on its debut Blu-Ray release besides a theatrical trailer that was included on the DVD release a few years back. Luckily the upgrade makes for a much nicer picture quality. Obviously this is the same transfer as the DVD, but the upgrade to Blu-Ray is very nice. Black levels are deep, the film grain has been retained, there is no DNR, no haloing or blurred images, and not too much distress or pops and cracks on the film transfer. Detail is sharp, colors are accurate and the movie looks all around better on Blu-Ray, probably the best it ever will as I'm sure no Hollywood Doug is pushing to have this film restored and new supplemental features commissioned for a second release on Blu-Ray or whatever format comes next. So for now, this is the best copy you can get of this movie. This movie should be in every home video library of any John Hughes fans, any fan of family comedies that don't suck, and any fan of holiday movies that want's to watching something entertaining and meaningful this Thanksgiving.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is a great movie, Ed O'Neil is fantastic, just wish it would come out on DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
My family loved this movie. We have watched it many times over. In fact we watched it so much that it broke in the vcr. My grandchildren and I watched it every time they came over. The first thing they wanted to do is watch Dutch. It is a good movie to watch as a family. It is good clean fun. The movie shows children how fortunate they are to have people who really love them. It shows how others have to live. We all love it when he gives that family a job. "Dutch" is an all around nice guy!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is an original masterpiece!!! I have not seen the DVD but I have watched this film over million times since I the first time I had set eyes on it back in 1993. Ed O'Neil plays the hardworking, white-collar boyfriend who tries to befriend his girlfriend's son through a series of comical events. The story takes an unexpected twist (I won't say where)and what was a mile-high ride settles back into reality. I really thought this movie was awesome and being a fan of "Married With Children" you get to actually see O'Neil do something a little different, on the lighter side. If you liked the original "Home Alone" genre you don't want to miss this one!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of my favorite movies..Ed O'Neil plays Dutch a working class business man, who is off to pick up his girlfriends son from private school for the Thanksgiving Holiday..(Doyle who is a rich spoiled Brat)...When he gets there Doyle(Dutches girlfriends son) is not too pleased to meet him..He batters Dutch physically and mentally in a Hilarious way..The chemistry between these two actors is Great and this cross state drive will have u rolling out of your seat...
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