[Movie Review] Vacation


For over 30 years the Griswolds have been making us laugh with their zany antics and crazy vacations that borderline on insanity.

Now Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms)  is all grown up with a family of his own that are just as zany as his were as a child. The family have been spending vacations at the same log cabin for years and have gotten into a rut.

Wanting to retrace his childhood vacation Rusty surprises his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins),  he hires a car and plans a trip to Walley World.

From the onset of the trip is a disaster with the same hilarity and high jinx that the Griswolds are known for. They manage to swim in a pool of raw sewage, get robbed and get stalked by a trucker ( a cameo from Norman Reedus) before even getting there.

Along the way they stop in to visit Rusty’s sister Audrey (Leslie Mann) and her rather good-looking husband Stone (Liam Hemsworth) and find the two living the high life. A rather awkward accident with a cow sees them back on the road very quickly.


Eventually the family do make it to Walley World in time to ride the roller coaster and fulfil Rusty’s dream of re living his child hood holiday with his own family. The trip is just like his childhood one, albeit with just as many adventures as the last one.

From the opening credits the movie is non stop laughs and mishaps that follows well from the movies that were popular on screens in the 80s. In true Griswold style the family are a bumbling pack of hazards that make for some very funny on-screen time.  The only objection is that as Audrey, Leslie Mann does not really fit the bill. Liam Hemsworth’s small role is hilarious and will leave movie goers blushing somewhat.

If you grew up with the Griswold then it is a fun trip down memory lane and a short cameo by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo is a delight for all fans. For newcomers to the franchise then it is a funny movie that will leave you in absolute stitches.



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