Vegas Vacation (1997)

Vegas Vacation

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This is the fourth in a series of movies that began with National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983 and feature the family headed by Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) going on wacky vacations. This time, the Griswolds visit Las Vegas. Clark immediately goes to the blackjack table and starts blowing all his money, continually encouraged to spend more and more by a taunting dealer, Marty (Wallace Shawn). Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) becomes smitten with the lounge singer Wayne Newton (playing himself), … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elisa Bell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 8, 1998
Runtime:
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Cast


as Clark Griswold

as Ellen Griswold

as Cousin Eddie

as Rusty Griswold

as Audrey Griswold

as Cousin Catherine

as Cousin Vickie

as Himself

as Old Guy

as Siegried & Roy

as Limo Driver

as Mirage Security Guar...

as Mirage Receptionist

as Woman In Ferrari

as Girl at Blackjack Ta...

as Roulette Stickman

as Cousin Ruby Sue

as Cousin Danny

as Hoover Dam Guide

as Preacher
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Critic Reviews for Vegas Vacation

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

The subplots involving D'Angelo and Newton and Ethan Embry -- the Griswolds' son, who can't stop winning -- have their charms.

Full Review… | July 21, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A tepid fourth entry in the popular 1980s series that is decidedly showing its age.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

I'll lay you 3-to-1 odds that by the end of this flick even fans will be thinking that this wasn't a trip worth taking.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

There is nothing more memorable about Vegas Vacation than the flatness of the writing in Elisa Bell's script and the uninspired direction of first-timer Stephen Kessler.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Why, if [Chevy] Chase is such a funny guy, does he make such unfunny movies?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film's only life is provided by Randy Quaid, back as Ellen's redneck cousin.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vegas Vacation

½

The Griswolds are back, and this is easily their worst vacation yet. I don't think it's as awful as some do, but yeah, it is really dumb, tired, dull, and overly reliant on formula. And also devoid of contributing anything new.

I still give it some credit though, because it does have its moments, even though I really don't want it to continue after this.

Featuring new kids but the same parents (a series tradition), Clark decides to take the family to Vegas where, besides having lots of fun, he also plans to renew his wedding vows to Ellen.

As you'd expect, all sorts of trouble and shenanigans ensue, all of them with predictable results, but at least this time each Griswold had their own subplot, which doesn't often happen.

The movie does have a decent amount of laughs, but it's definitely more misses than hits. At least Quaid is back, and we do get some great cameos and special appearances, most notably Wayne Newton and Wallace Shawn to save things, so that's good I guess.

Overall though, this is just run-of-the-mill blah, and nothing really all that special.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Hmmm losing the appeal here, nice idea and nice touches here and there, Chase still makes me laugh as does Randy Quaid as 'Eddie' but the comedy is becoming a bit forced now.
Just about acceptable on the whole, best scene...'Clarke' tells a porky to wife 'Ellen' about not being hooked on gambling, then proceeds to leave the room go downstairs to the gambling den, using a cam shot following his progress, places a bet, loses, lets out the most hilarious grimace of frustration and then proceeds to run back upstairs to 'Ellen' LOL!

That is pretty much the best sequence and funny moment in the entire film with some good old fashioned facial humour from Chase, the rest is rather mundane to be honest but you could still do worse.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Follow-up to Christmas Vacation isn't as funny as I'd hope it would have been. The film is a decent enough comedy with quite a few laughs; unfortunately, it is not as memorable as Christmas Vacation, which in my opinion is a comedy classic. But despite its imperfections this is a decent comedy film. However it's clear that the producers were running out of ideas. I think it's a great shame because this film could have been memorable. I found the film to be quite funny at times, but it lacked something to really make it special. Like I said, this isn't Christmas Vacation. Most of the jokes are tired, unimpressive and original. It's a great waste of Chevy Chase. As this is the fourth entry in the Vacation series, it's clear that the producers have run out of ideas and are trying to deliver a good film, unfortunately, it's to mixed results. The film is at times funny, and does bring on a few chuckles, but it's pretty minor to previous Vacation films. I think the series should have stopped at Christmas Vacation. What's really a shame here is that the concept of the Griswold family spending a vacation in Vegas is a good idea for a film; unfortunately the result is only a decent comedy with a few laughs here and there. Vegas Vacation will likely disappoint fans of the previous films in the series as it's clear that the screenwriters have run out of ideas. This film could have been memorable, but ends up being only decent.

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Alex roy

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