Monday November 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Actor Ed O'Neill makes an impressive transition from Al Bundy on TV's raucous "Married ... With Children" to the title role in DUTCH, a John Hughes production directed by Peter Faiman.
A down-to-earth Chicago contractor, Dutch is determined to bring his girlfriend Natalie's (JoBeth Williams) young son Doyle (Ethan Randall) home for Thanksgiving, but when he arrives at the exclusive Georgia prep school Doyle attends, the snobbish, spoiled youth has different ideas. Dutch ends up literally carrying the kicking, screaming brat under his arm to his car. Since Dutch and Doyle have nothing whatever in common beyond Natalie, whom the child professes to dislike, the journey home becomes one long clash of wills.
Unquestionably, the fun inherent in DUTCH is almost entirely derived from the individual moments nicely played by O'Neill and Randall. Though portraying complete opposites, the two actors prove to be equally matched as scene stealers.