The subplots involving D'Angelo and Newton and Ethan Embry -- the Griswolds' son, who can't stop winning -- have their charms.
A tepid fourth entry in the popular 1980s series that is decidedly showing its age.
To the legions who have returned as losers from the glitzy playgrounds of the Nevada desert can now be added the people responsible for Vegas Vacation.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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.
The first half hour in particular is clogged with wheezing routines that appear to have no punchlines.
Full of jokes that fall flat.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The film's only life is provided by Randy Quaid, back as Ellen's redneck cousin.
Chase unrolls his tired collection of mugs and stumbles, while some truly funny performers - particularly Sid Caesar and the usually reliable Wallace Shawn - are wasted in do-nothing roles.
Why, if [Chevy] Chase is such a funny guy, does he make such unfunny movies?
| Original Score: 1/4
Retracing overly traveled roads.
| Original Score: 2/4