Vacation movie full length review - Surprisingly Funny! 6/10
Review: I, surprisingly, found this movie quite funny! Each family member brought something different to this amusing comedy and the jokes come thick and fast, right from the beginning to the end.
Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) plays a pilot for a low budget airline and when he returns to his dysfunctional family, they have a meal with there close friends who gloat about there amazing holiday in Paris. Rusty hears his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), putting down there repetitive vacations at there cabin in Michigan, so he searches for the perfect place to go on vacation with his family. He finally decides to take them to Walley World in a hired family vehicle and they make many stops on the way to the resort. They first stop in Memphis, at Debbie old college, we're Rusty finds out that Debbie was an extremely promiscuous teenager. After that, they stay at a hotel, were there eldest, shy son, James (Skyler Gisondo) meets a young girl who they passed on the highway but his dad embarrasses him by asking him awkward questions in front of her. They then go to Arkansas, we're they are led to a supposedly hidden spring by a drifter but they soon find out that it's a sewage and when they return to there car, there luggage and cash has been stolen. With no clothes or money, they go to Rusty's sisters house in Texas but her boyfriend, Stone (Chris Hemsworth) has an outward sexual manner which makes him feel uncomfortable. The following night, they stay on a Arizona camp site, we're Rusty decides to try something new with Debbie, in a sexual way but they soon realise that they have an audience and the police stop there sexual encounter. James bumps into the girl that he met earlier and he tells her how he feels about her, with the help of his obnoxious younger brother Kevin. The next morning they nearly get killed by a rafting guide whilst rafting in the Grand Canyon and there rental car runs out of gas in the middle of the desert. After pressing all of the buttons on the remote control, the cars explodes, which leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere. All the way through there trip, a truck driver has been following them and they expect the worse because Kevin called him a Paedophile over the CB but he hands over Debbie wedding ring, that she had left somewhere on there journey and he gives them a lift to San Francisco. They then spend the night with Rusty's parents, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) with the intent on going home in the morning but Clark gives Rusty his old truckster, which was used in the earlier National Lampoon Vacation movies, and they make there way to Walley World again. After spending all day, waiting to get on the magnificent roller-coaster ride, Velociraptor, they are told that the park is going to close so Rusty fights his way onto the ride but it gets stuck halfway up a loop. It then takes several hours for the passengers to be rescued but the Griswolds grow closer after everything they have been through. Rusty then uses his airline connections to take his wife to Paris, without the kids, but they have to sit by a lavatory, during a 12 hour flight. There are a lot of funny moments throughout the film and the fact that it isn't predictable, made it a joy to watch. It is slapstick comedy with a far fetched concept but if you don't take it seriously, it really isn't that bad. The performances were believable and the various cameos were a great addition to the cast, so I'm not surprised that it made such a profit at the box office. Anyway, is definitely worth a watch if you want a chuckle! Enjoyable!
Round-Up: Ed Helms, 41, has blown up since his role in the Hangover in 2009, with movies like Cedar Rapids, We're The Millers and Jeff, Who Lives At Home but he hasn't shown that he has more tools in the box. There isn't any talk about a sequel to this successful movie but he's due to star in a remake of the Naked Gun and a film called Bastards with Owen Wilson and J.K. Simmons. Anyway, this movie was directed and written by John Francis Daley, 30, who also played the ride operator. Jonathan M. Goldstein also wrote and directed this movie and he wrote Horrible Bosses I & II, the Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. For there first major movie release, they did do a good job with this film and they got the most out of the actors. I just hope that they come out with a sequel before the characters become a distant memory.
Budget: $31million Worldwide Gross: $105million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their adventure/comedies starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann and Chevy Chase. 6/10