Working-class good guy Dutch Dooley is the current boyfriend of a wealthy, snobbish tycoon’s ex-wife. Volunteering to drive the woman’s son home for Thanksgiving to Chicago from his boarding school in Georgia, little does Dutch expect the picaresque adventures in store for him. When a blunt, down-to-earth construction worker takes to the road with an insufferable twelve-year-old snob (desperately insecure under the surface) who does not approve of him in the least, quite a little must happen before they can reach their destination as friends — or, for that matter, get home at all.
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User Reviews: I recently saw that this film was scheduled to air on TV. Thinking to myself, "I really liked this movie", I went to IMDb to see what others thought of the film. I was utterly surprised to see the mediocre score that was it given, so I perused through the comments. Almost all the comments listed praised this film, as did I. So why the low score?
In the context of recent films such as "Shindler’s List", "The Pianist", "Gangs of New York" and other heavies; this film is quiet and unassuming. But should NOT be overlooked!
I had never cared much for Ed O’Neill in his neanderthal ‘Al Bundy’ role, but my opinion of him turned 180 after this film. He conveys depth, restraint, humor and pathos without resorting to the caricature of his previous work. And it is the chemistry between O’Neill and Embry as the spoiled prep school brat, that carry this film so well.
This is a charming, unassuming film about growing up and first impressions. An excellent family film, that will amuse the younger children and still thoroughly entertain the adults in the room. All of this while reminding us to never judge a book (or a movie) by it’s cover.
6.5 out of 10