Vacation is a 2015 American comedy road film written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. The movie stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins as its main actors and Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Beverly D'Angelo, and Chevy Chase. It is the fifth movie in the "Vacation" film series, serving both as a modernized reboot and a sequel to the original four films. The film was released by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on July 29, 2015.
Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold surprises his wife and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America's favorite fun park. Following in his father's 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.
Why It Sucks
- The film is an insult to the 1983 classic film.
- The film is aggressively stupid. While that was the case with the previous films, this one takes it on a whole new level.
- Painfully unfunny jokes about rape, pedophilia and suicide.
- Very unlikable characters. Kevin is a sadistic 12 year old kid who constantly abuses his older brother, James. Debbie thinks that her marriage with Rusty is dying, and Rusty abandons his family in the middle of the desert.
- Stupid dialogue. For example, "There a lot of boys who are born with vaginas."
- The film doesn't have the heart, charm, and wit of the original franchise, just dirty humor.
- The characters try to be funny, but just come off as annoying and flat.
- Kevin is very annoying, swears way too much, and never gets properly punished for his bad behavior.
- Obvious CGI used in the scene where Christina Applegate's character falls from the obstacle course, why couldn't they have hired a stunt double?
- Just like 2014 version of RoboCop, this film is completely unnecessary for reasons, because the fourth film had already killed the franchise eighteen years.
- The Tartan Prancer looks like something Pee-wee Herman came up while drunk and high at the same time.
- Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold.
- The Family Truckster from the first film and Holiday Road reappear.
- At least James finally stands up to Kevin later in the film.
- Norman Reedus's character is pretty funny in the film.
- Mark Mothersbaugh's score is decent.
Vacation received negative feedback from critics, audiences and fans of the film series. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 27% based on 169 reviews and an average rating of 4/10. The site's consensus reads, "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.". On Metacritic, it has a score of 34 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.
- This film is the second in the National Lampoon's Vacation series (after Vegas Vacation) to not bear the National Lampoon name.
- Will Ferrell, Michael Rosenbaum, Adam Sandler, and Jason Sudeikis were all considered for the role of Rusty.