Vacation 2015

Vacation

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Borrowing a basic storyline from the film that inspired it but forgetting the charm, wit, and heart, Vacation is yet another nostalgia-driven retread that misses the mark.

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Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America's favorite fun park. Following in his father's (Chevy Chase) footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them.

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Critic Reviews for Vacation

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (125)

  • At its best, the film is very funny. At its worst, it makes you groan in dismay.

    August 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • At least the National Lampoon films were memorable, which is more than can be said for the misbegotten and instantly forgettable Vacation.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • It's similar to the recent comedy We're the Millers, with Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the dad and mom roles. That had more laughs and more heart.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Go home, Vacation. You're drunk.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • On the film rumbles, raising a few more smiles than moments when you want to wince in discomfort or eat cyanide, but only a few.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I'm all for bawdy, politically incorrect, wildly inappropriate humor -- when there are consistent and genuine laughs to be mined from the material.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Vacation

  • May 07, 2019
    The very late sequel to the Griswold's adventures even connects to the originals films but aims much lower. Yeah, most of the humor is below the belt. There is vomit, shit, blood, jokes about pedophilia, rim jobs, and gigantic sexual organs, so to be honest, it's all pretty vulgar. But I actually had to laugh out loud quite often, unlike in most other comedies of recent years. Neat guest stars, locations and music choices make it a fun ride. Just don't expect deep humor.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2015
    "What could go wrong?" -- Movie's tagline.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2015
    Uneven and badly written, Vacation features a few laugh-out-loud moments but in the end leaves you wondering, "What was the point of all of that?" There was no point. This film shouldn't have been made.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2015
    Vacation has a scene early in the film where Rusty (Ed Helms) and his family have a conversation where the main topic is a pretty much breaking the third wall, discussing how this Vacation will stand on its own and won't need the previous vacation to work. While watching this scene the red flags shot up. And it turns out, those red flags that pop up from time to time are correct. The plot of Vacation is exactly the same as its 1983 predecessor. Rusty wants to take his family to Wally World to bring the family closer together. They run into comedic misadventures. They almost give up on the Wally World dream. There are notable changes, mainly in what the writers feel are upgrades from the original film. Instead of dog urine on a sandwich this film gives us swimming in raw sewage. Cousin Eddie has been replaced by the beefy weatherman brother-in-law. Of course most of these fall flat in the film, but they tried. Am I right? Not really. This is pure paint by numbers that doesn't have the heart of the original film. The biggest difference is between Ed Helms and Chevy Chase. Chevy Chase's role of the family patriarch showed him as doing dumb things. Ed Helm's version is playing him as a dumb individual. That's the huge difference. Clark did some stupid things in the original film, but I don't see him leading them to a swim in sewage. Which leads to a revelation during the last fifteen minutes of the film that just pops up, yet is fixed in the same scene. You could have made the film without this conflict and it would have been the same. The fact that this issue isn't really presented during the film, even when dumb things are happening just insults the intelligence of the audience. It's like introducing a character mentioned only in passing earlier in a mystery novel to play the villain. Bleh. Vacation has a few laughs, put misses as a whole. Someone would be better off watching the original film in its place. There's no real soul to this film. Probably the best part of the original film was that viewers could relate to going on vacations like the one shown in the film. This film is the exact opposite. It feels like a vacation that grew from a screenwriters head and not any kind of life experience. This is a flat remake.
    Chris G Super Reviewer

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