First thing to do before seeing Vacation is to take yourself out of the mindset that this is a reboot of the old Chevy Chase Vacation. As said in the movie- This vacation stands on its own merit. I give it an A.
The laughs begin with the opening credits. It plays like bad vacation photos. These are heartbreaking…in that people actually were on those vacations! Don’t forget to stay for the ending images of the Griswold’s own vacation photos! But you may want to cover your children’s eyes.
This Vacation movie does pay homage to the original in some unique ways from the same song to photos of the Griswolds on vacation in the other movies (Just don’t look too close at the kids in those photos since different actors played them in many of the movies), even to having the old car and Rusty’s parents show up! However, this movie’s humor is raunchier and entirely its own. No repeats there!
From swimming in human waste to Thor’s junk, Rusty Griswold’s trip to recreate his favorite childhood vacation is one mistake after another. Ed Helms plays Rusty much like he did the straight man in the Hangover movies, while Christina Applegate steals the movie with her eye rolling, beer chugging, and weary mother routine. Been there, done that!
There are plenty of cameos by some pretty popular TV and movie stars but it’s the message of what it takes to be a family (in good and bad times) that comes through loud and clear. The movie just may have you thinking about taking a little family road trip of your own.
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