Vacation is loosely based on the comedy classic National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) and now it’s Rusty’s turn to take the family on trip to Walley World. The film stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Grisondo, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo and Chevvy Chase. Going in to the cinema, I did not have high expectations. The trailer portrayed Vacation to be similar to We’re The Millers minus the drug smuggling. The whole disaster trip scenario has been played out way too many times. However, Ed Helms from the Hangover films is easy to watch and has hilarious one lines that he executed with no problem.
A very funny scene is when Helms had to explain what a rim job is to his son James played by Skyler Grisondo. When parents get asked super awkward questions like that, the only thing you do is lie your ass-off because no one really needs to know of such things. Basically, everything Rusty does backfires. I know predictable right? Unlike some films that try too hard, I felt like the jokes flowed, while some became ongoing such as the GPS settings being stuck on Korean. I know from personal experience that when Asians talk in their language, it can sound aggressive even if they are happy. So when the GPS would randomly scream Korean to direct the Griswolds, I lost it every-time.
Then there’s the rental minivan named the Tartan Prancer which has a two sets of side mirrors (back and front) and a range of buttons with strange symbols on them. What does the mushroom button do? Let’s just say the Griswolds definitely experience a trip that they will never forget.
Oh yeah, Chris Hemsworth also stars in the film as Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming anchorman. Married to Rusty’s sister, Aubrey, Stone is the attractive man with the whole package and is very old fashion. He’s all about getting up early and doing some decent farm work before heading out to the TV studio. Rusty is not the biggest fan of Stone and attempts to step up his ‘Man game’. One of the best lines in Vacation is after Stone walks in to the guest room strutting his stuff and Rusty claims Stone just wanted to show off his six-pack. That’s not exactly what his wife, Debbie (Applegate) was staring at…
Christina Applegate (Debbie) did an average job. She didn’t disappoint but she also wasn’t amazing. Debbie was your typical housewife that wanted more out of life and was eager to be one of those people on Facebook you envy for their travels. Unfortunately, Deb and Rusty were also in a bit of rut. It was fun to see Helms try to move out of his safe routine when it came to sex and shake things up. While Debbie had some secrets about her college years that Rusty had no idea about.
The best part of the whole film is the brother relationship between James and his younger brother, Kevin. I personally found it refreshing to see Kevin a boy years younger and smaller in size, bully his older brother. There were no boundaries when it came to annoying James (Skyler), including throwing a plastic over James’s head to see how long he would last before turning red. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained by Vacation thanks to the Griswold family. I laughed a lot and although, it could be really silly in some scenes, sometimes that is exactly what you need on a Saturday night.
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Note: Vacation is not suitable for children as there is sexual references and swearing.