The last time the Griswolds graced the big screen was 17 years ago in Vegas Vacation, but now Rusty Griswold has grown up and makes his adult debut in the comedy, Vacation. Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) is an airplane pilot who wants to spend time with his family so he plans a cross-country trip. He surprises his wife Debbie Griswold (Christina Applegate) and two sons when he buys a high performance car and announces they are going to the theme park from his childhood, Wally World. As in all of the Vacation films, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, not only with the car but with his kids as well. Beginning with a quick stop at Debbie’s old college and her new sorority sisters challenge her to a drinking game. (Of course, the name "Debbie Does Everything" doesn’t help.) Next, they stop to see Rusty’s sister Audrey Crandall (Leslie Mann) and her husband Stone (Chris Hemsworth). In a really interesting scene Debbie is speechless of Stone’s, well, shall we will say, his abs. (Okay, all of the women in the audience were drooling.) The Griswolds almost make it to Wally World, but events cause them to ask for help from Rusty’s dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), his mom Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), and the old station wagon that took Rusty to Wally World thirty years ago. Basically, this movie has jokes, sight gags, and misadventures like all of the Vacation films. Of course, this movie was made thirty years later and as expected it’s much raunchier, has more adult humor and unnecessary bad language sprinkled throughout. (Although I have seen or at least heard worse.) Throughout this film the audience is treated to the Lindsey Buckingham song "Holiday Road" and other great sing along music. Unfortunately, the two boys playing the sons are not funny at all, unlike Rusty and Audrey in the original vacation films. Ed Helms is a great Rusty Griswold and would make Chevy Chase proud. I look forward to a possible new Christmas Vacation and I'm giving this Griswold movie a B- rating.
This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA
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