Kevin Hart Will Remake Dan Aykroyd’s Dad Masterpiece
Hollywood’s biggest little funny man is about to remake the 1988 John Hughes film The Great Outdoors. An underrated classic, Outdoors is an often forgotten film that may end up being the perfect vehicle for Kevin Hart, who is a real-life father of two and a comedian who — like OG star John Candy — is at his best when exasperated. The film is one of seemingly dozens that Hart has in the works, including the Jumanji remake, but it stands out as a project because it cast him in the role of leading family man. That’s the role he’s cast himself in as a standup. It suits him.
The Great Outdoors starred the late great John Candy as Chet Ripley, who takes his family to a stereotypical cabin in the woods vacation. All goes well until his asshole brother-in-law Roman Craig (played perfected by Dan Aykroyd) crashes the trip. The movie follows the epic dick measuring contest that ensues. Though not as famous as other Hughes classics like National Lampoon’s Vacation and The Breakfast Club, the film is hilarious. It’s an over-the-top, kid-friendly takedown of what is now called toxic masculinity. There’s a moral to the story, but it’s not about that. It’s about jokes.