film starring John Candy
, Amy Madigan
, Jean Louisa Kelly
, Gaby Hoffman, and Macaulay Culkin
, and co-stars Jay Underwood
and Laurie Metcalf
Bob Russell (Garrett M. Brown), his wife Cindy (Elaine Bromka), and their three kids, 15-year-old Tia (Jean Louisa Kelly
), 8-year-old Miles (Macaulay Culkin
), and 6-year-old Maizy (Gaby Hoffman) have recently moved from Indianapolis to the Chicago area due to Bob's job promotion. Tia resents her parents for the move because she thought everyone was happy enough where they were already living and that they prefer their jobs to the family.
Late one night, Cindy and Bob receive a phone call from Indianapolis informing them that Cindy's father has suffered a heart attack.
[On the way to his brother's] Oh boy, those kids. I haven't seen those kids in a while. Tia's gotta be nine. Nine, maybe ten. Oh boy. And the two new ones. They're uh... Larry and... uh... Larry and, uh... Uh... Betsy. Betsy, uh... Jennifer. Jennifer. Larry and Jennifer. Oh boy.
[serving gigantic pancakes to Miles for his birthday] You should see the toast. I couldn't even get it through the door!
[struggling to open the washing machine] Do I have to talk dirty to you? Come on! Open up for daddy! I'm gonna shove a load into you! Here we go! Come on, it's nice and easy. Aaah! Come on, here we go! Ah! Take that! Take that! Come on! You don't want the crowbar, do you? Come on! OPEN UP! UUGGHH! I'm gonna shove my load into you whether you like it or not!
[They're eating Chinese take-out] This is such a wonderful dinner, mother. How DO you find the time?
[to her mother] If my whole family moved away from me, I'd have a heart attack too.
Hey, Mom. Next time you take off in the middle of the night, why don't you hire a murderer to watch the house?
We need boys so they can grow up, get married and turn into shadows.
Marcie Dahlgren-Frost: Marcie Dahlgren-Frost. Dahlgren is my maiden name, Frost is my married name. I'm single again, but I never bothered to remove the frost. And I get compliments on the hyphen.