VACATION – review


In 1983 the first Vacation came out and stared Chevy Chase as the father of two kids on girl and one boy.  The main goal of the first Vacation was to travel to Wally World.  Everything went wrong that could go wrong, yet the flick was really funny.  I was excited to see the new Vacation!vac1

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helm) has grown up and has a family of his own.  His wife Debbie (Christina Applegate), son James (Styler Gisondo) and younger brother Kevin (Steele Stebbins).  Rusty’s family are sick and tired of going on their regular Vacation to a cabin in the woods and want something new.  Debbie really wants to goto Paris, Rusty just doesn’t pick up on the vibes.  Rusty comes up with the idea to redo the “original Vacation” to drive from Chicago to California, and to visit Wally World.  Rusty is a pilot for a very cheap airline, why they are driving I could not explain.  vac2

Writer and Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein takes us on a recreation of the original Vacation.  They have much of the same obstacles, with Rusty playing Clark and making many mistakes along the way. We hit all the plot points from the first flick are all here we have the visit to a family members house, car troubles, most of these play out as a homage to the first vacation, but some have some great twists to them.  vac4

I am not going to go into all the details of the story except to say if you liked the origin vacation you will enjoy this vacation, just not as much.  Applegate is a great comedic actress, she is as fun as she is in Anchorman.  The one who steals the flick is Stebbins, he is hilarious through out the flick.  He torments the older brother Gisondo and you will laugh out loud at some of his antics.  Helms should carry the flick, but he doesn’t.  He is funny, but can’t hold a torch to Chase.  vac5

I found Vacation really funny, better than some of the comedy’s we have had in the past.  I grade Vacation a B, while it is funny some of the comedic points did not work.  It is fun, and if you liked the first you will enjoy this reboot.

Brad Watts

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