VACATION

★★★

Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Charlie Day
2015 / 99 Minutes / Warner Bros.

The good news is, this isn’t the worst of the Vacation movies. That title still belongs to the dreadful Vegas Vacation. And nothing will ever be as good as Christmas Vacation!

This time the story follows Rusty (Helms) taking his family on vacation to redo the original Vacation he had with his family. I really like the idea of seeing the next generation of Griswolds and breathing new life into the franchise. I think the idea worked, and it may not be the greatest comedy and will never be a classic like the earlier films, but it fits in with them. If you want to laugh and watch something meaningless then this will fill that void for you.

The script isn’t perfect and certainly lacks the brilliant comedic touch that John Hughes could have given it. There were a few moments that seemed thrown in and pointless, but I could argue that the original has the same problem. Stronger jokes and writing would have made this much more enjoyable, but for what it is it’ll do.

What was sadly a waste was Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo’s cameos. This could have been great! Instead it’s just cheap jokes that were obviously there to fill a gap. You have these two main leads from the original why wouldn’t you utilize them more and give them something better to work with!

Vacation is decent. I didn’t walk into this movie thinking I was going to see an amazing comedy, it’s a Vacation movie and I went in thinking just that. I laughed a lot throughout the movie and enjoyed the new cast. It is what it is, a typical ‘meh’ comedy with some problems to ignore.

Grade  C+

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