Vacation (2015)

Directed and written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible BossesGame Night), Vacation has Ed Helms as the grown-up Rusty Griswold and married to Debbie (Christina Applegate), with whom he has two kids — James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins).

To recapture the fun of his childhood vacations, he rents a Tartan Prancer and puts his family in the car for a trip to Wally World. Unlike his father’s trip, it’s his son James who keeps running into his dream girl, Adena (Catherine Missa). Well, there is a scene where Rusty does flirt with another mystery woman (Hannah Davis Jeter) but she quickly wrecks into a truck.

They also meet up with Rusty’s sister Audrey (Leslie Mann), who is now married to anchorman Stone Crandall (Chris Hemsworth) and his parents, which is a nice use of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.  Actually, the guest roles are way better than the cast, as Charlie Day is great as a suicidal river guide, Norman Reedus is a trucker chasing the Griswolds and when Rusty and Debbie try to make love where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet, they are almost busted by Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Olson and Michael Peña.

It’s a movie with a few funny scenes but come on. This is a Vacation movie. It needs to be more and there was no way it could be as good as the past, just like your childhood vacation.

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