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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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Ed Helms stars in the New Line Cinema reboot of the Vacation film series as Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase's iconic character of the original four films. Horrible Bosses' helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein write and direct. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Ed Helms
as Rusty Griswald
Christina Applegate
as Debbie Griswold
Leslie Mann
as Audrey Griswold
Chevy Chase
as Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo
as Ellen Griswold
Skyler Gisondo
as James Griswold
Steele Stebbins
as Kevin Griswold
Chris Hemsworth
as Stone Crandall
Keegan-Michael Key
as Jack Peterson
Regina Hall
as Nancy Peterson
Tim Heidecker
as Utah Cop
Nick Kroll
as Colorado Cop
Kaitlin Olson
as Arizona Cop
Michael Peña
as New Mexico Cop
Emyri Crutchfield
as Sheila Peterson
Alkoya Brunson
as Gary Peterson
Hannah Davis
as Ferrari Girl
David Clennon
as Harry Co-Pilot
Kirstin Ford
as Mom on Plane
Ethan Maher
as Boy on Plane
Nadine Avola
as Chelsea
Valerie Payton
as Shuttle Driver
O'Clair Alexander
as Husky Lady at Monument
Miles Doleac
as Man at Monument
Holly Gardner
as Woman at Monument
R.F. Daley
as Furious Husband
Elizabeth Fendrick
as Furious Wife
Michael H. Cole
as Male Guest
Brooke Jaye Taylor
as Female Guest
Matthew Cornwell
as Male Guest #2
Mitchell Warren
as Walley World Kid #2
John Francis Daley
as Ride Operator
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Critic Reviews for Vacation

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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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