Run time: 99 mins
Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein
Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stabbins, Chris Hemsworth, Chevy Chase, Leslie Mann
Synopsis: 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 favourite 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.
Following in the footsteps of his father Clark (Chevy Chase) and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons, James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins), with a cross-country trip back to America’s favourite family fun park, Walley World, as it will be closing forever.
The latest in National Lampoon’s Vacation series with a story from the late John Hughes, Vacation marks Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley’s directorial debut.
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. Father, Rusty, Ed Helms [The Hangover films, We’re the Millers (2013), The Office) and Christina Applegate (the Anchorman films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure.
Completing the cast Skyler Gisondo (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Hard Sell) and Steele Stebbins (A Haunted House 2) as Rusty’s sons, James and Kevin; with Chris Hemsworth (the Thor films) in the role of Stone Crandall, Rusty’s irritatingly successful brother-in-law; Leslie Mann (The Other Woman) as Stone’s wife and Rusty’s sister, Audrey; and Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase as Ellen and Clark Griswold from the classic Vacation comedies.
As a homage to the previous films Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Vegas Vacation, an early scene has Rusty looking at pictures in his photo album which are taken from the previous films.
With plenty of raunchy laugh-out-loud moments and more than a few nods to other films like Airplane (1980), Duel (1971), Planes,Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Deliverance (1972).
Hugely entertaining for fans of this type of humour.
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