MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skylar Gisondo
Runtime: 1 hr 39 mins
What It Is: A modern sequel of sorts for the classic Vacation film that starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. In this we follow Rusty Griswold (Helms), his wife Debbie (Applegate), and their two children (Gisondo and Steele Stebbins). Eager to satisfy his family with this years summer vacation he decides to take them on a vacation to Walley World, the infamous theme park he visited as a boy with his father, mother and sister Audrey (Leslie Mann).
What We Think: Why was this film made? That’s a question even the film itself ask (albeit possibly in a satirical manner) of itself. You can understand why after having to sit through it. Not only is it almost devoid of actual comedy by it’s leads, we’re made to believe that this has something, anything to do with the original comedic classics. Sans a cameo from Chase and D’Angelo it features none of the charm of those originals. I laughed twice (I counted) and both of those were from other cameos by the comedic actors that litter this farce.
Our Grade: D, I hate this movie. It isn’t funny, it isn’t clever and even it has existential questions regarding it’s necessity. While by no means a complete failure of a final this is a movie that sullies the legacy of it’s predecessors. Ed Helms has no charm, and is dumber then a box of rocks. How does this guy continue to get starring roles? That is beyond me. I am going to go ahead and not recommend this film to anyone. Not even those that laugh at poop jokes will find much if any joy in this; oh man how did I sit through this. You know it isn’t a good movie when you question why you saw it.