Plot: Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America’s favorite fun park. Following in his father’s (Chevy Chase) footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them.
Review: Rebooting an old franchise has become a norm in movies these days. Most studios just try to slap a fresh coat of paint on the same story or try to do a prequel of sort to capture that nostalgia feeling while introducing the idea to a new audience. The new Vacation movie dips its toes in both of those but then manages to make it fresh instead of trying to hit the same notes as the original.
We all know by now the classic National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. Most have grown up watching Chevy Chase try to take his family across the country to see Walley World. Vacation is a sequel to all the good National Vacation movie, focusing this time on Rusty Griswold, an airline pilot who tries bring his family together by taking the same trip his father took him on when he was a kid.
Now, the writers could have been lazy and just take the audience through the same beats as the original, only this time with Rusty and his family. But instead, they make it their own, taking the family into new territory that is both hilarious and crude.
Right off the bat, you can tell the cast was perfectly chosen for their roles. Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold and even though we know that he is not the original Rusty Griswold, it is still believable that it was him all those years ago. They didn’t even change the pictures, using the original cast photos instead of photo shopping Ed Helms into them. Christina Applegate, who plays Debbie Griswold, does a great job of playing Rusty’s wife. The two share hilarious moments together and their chemistry really comes through.
The kids may be the stand out stars of this film, espiecally the younger of the two. The oldest, James Griswold, played by Skylar Gisondo, is not your typical older brother, keeping journals and talking about his feelings for getting picked on by his younger brother. Kevin, the younger brother, steals most of the scenes he is in. There is something about a little kid swearing like a trucker that is funny, but when he says with dead eyes and a smile that he would’ve shot his brother off a fucking horse, it is so perfectly times and funny that not laughing isn’t an option.
Also worth mentioning are the cameos throughout the film, with random stars stealing scenes and keeping this fresh and laughter flowing. Chris Hemsworth gets most of the laughs as a good looking republican with no shame. If you’re a fan of Always Sunny, you’ll be really happy to see what they have in store for you. That being said, Charlie Day’s character will leave you so breathless that you may miss him.
Vacation is so full of laughs that by the end, you will be physically exhausted, that is if you are not easily offended. This is a HARD R movie, with enough swearing, nudity and bag choking that if you easily offend, it’s best to just stay away. For the rest of us heathens, it’ll be a classic by the end of the year. 9/10