I have a very fond memory of the National Lampoon Vacation series. This will probably lose me some credit, but I am even a huge fan of Vegas Vacation. I remember watching it when I was younger and just thinking to myself how much fun it would be to be in Vegas with the Griswold’s. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen Christmas Vacation. I watch it on repeat every year. And of corse the Original Vacation. One of the all-time classics. So I was very excited to see that the franchise was not getting a reboot, but a continuation. With Rusty taking his family on vacation. I was not excited while watching this film.
Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins, Vacation is the semi re-quel to the long running Nation Lampoon Vacation franchise. This go around Rusty Griswold (Helms) has decided to take his wife (Applegate) and their two boys (Gisondo and Stebbins) on a cross country vacation to the legendary Wally World. Along their way things don’t necessarily go according to plan, and against the families’ wishes, Rusty is determined to get them to their destination.
Sounds fun. It is not. Nearly every single joke is in the trailer. In between those are just long periods of boredom. With a few minor jokes that rarely ever hit. Not to mention every single punch line is predictable. Not to mention it is filled with nothing more than over done toilet humor that we have all seen before. It was funny 15 years ago; it is no longer funny Hollywood. As I said, each joke is in the trailer. Which a lot of comedies do. However in most comedies, though the joke is in the trailer, the film normally expands on said jokes. Giving you more or a different version even of what you have seen. Vacation doesn’t even try to do so.
There are a few chuckles to the film. I wouldn’t say I didn’t laugh at all. Just, very little. As well casting was pretty good. While Ed Helms pretty much does what Ed Helms does. He is more or less the same as always, just without Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. This makes him a lot less funny. But I still saw Rusty Griswold, not the same 4 different versions we’ve son, but again, the son of Clark. Christina Applegate is fine in her role, and always beautiful to look out. The break out is the youngest boy, the few laughs I had he was one the major reasons. As well Thor, Chris Hemsworth is hilarious. Again you see everything with him in the trailer, but it’s still funny.
I almost gave Vacation a bonus for Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo’s cameos, but it just wasn’t enough. My excitement for seeing them was whisked away after their minor cameo and I was brought back into the unfunny world I was in. So all in all Vacation is getting a Jeebus Score of 2.3. But hey, all film is subjective, especially comedy. Maybe you found it funny Jackass Nation. What did you think? What is your favorite of the Vacation films? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, keep on nerding.
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.