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Vacation (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
R (for crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Box Office:
$40,292,843.00
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Cast

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
E'Myri 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

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (32)

I'm all for bawdy, politically incorrect, wildly inappropriate humor -- when there are consistent and genuine laughs to be mined from the material.

Full Review… | August 13, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

You can't do much worse at the movies than Vacation.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

There's so much dead air in the film that I wondered whether punchlines had been cleaved out to secure a PG-13 rating, but no: it's a hard, inexplicable R.

Full Review… | July 31, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's as if Daley and Goldstein started with a list of disgusting topics - outré sex acts, human waste, pubic hair, projectile vomiting, cow cannibalism, et al. - and constructed a narrative around them.

Full Review… | July 31, 2015
NPR
Top Critic

Helms' Griswold is a dangerous, moronic maniac, and the filmmakers' disdain for him rubs off on the audience.

Full Review… | July 31, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

It holds on to the original's acrid cynicism for the first 40 minutes or so before turning predictable and bland. There are some real, nasty laughs to be had here, but they're front-loaded.

Full Review… | July 30, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vacation

½

Thanks to all the bad reviews... I was not expecting much so the laugh out loud moments were even sweeter because I felt I was "getting" something others missed! Fun movie!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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 Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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 Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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