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Vacation: Movie Review

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Title: Vacation

Directors/Writers: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Stars: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, and Chris Hemsworth.

When a classic is remade, or rebooted people inexplicably get a sour taste in their mouths. We’ve been force fed so many pandering, poorly made, unoriginal movies in the last two decades it’s easy to see why.

I am a fan of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series for the most part. I’ve watched them all, and I’ve watched some of them so many times if I told you the number it’d only sound like an exaggeration if it wasn’t for the fact nearly everyone I know can say the same thing. All that being said… I don’t think any movie in the series is sacred. They’re not masterpieces, they’re not perfect, and they’re not above a reboot—sorry.

Vacation follows a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) and his family. Dealing with a looming midlife crisis, Rusty decides to take his family on a road trip to Wallyworld much like the trip his father took him on as a teen. As to be expected hilarity ensues as the family finds themselves in a misadventure everywhere they go. The plot doesn’t stray too far from the original National Lampoon’s Vacation, but it’s different just enough it doesn’t feel like a rehash. It’s its own thing happily dwelling in the universe created by the previous movies. (A universe that has almost no continuity and acknowledges it.)

If you’re looking for a funny movie to lighten up your summer I’d definitely suggest this Vacation. Is it as good as the original? No, probably not. Is it as good as Christmas Vacation? Definitely not. Does it entertain you, and make you laugh? Yes—so in my book it’s worth at least one viewing.

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