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Hollywood Road. A review of Vacation.

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.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

I was a big fan of the original Hot Tub Time Machine. I didn’t go into expecting a lot, I just kind of saw it, and had a fun time with the film. The cast gelled and played off each other very well, the story was basic but fun, and the acting was not terrible. So when I heard a sequel was in the works, I was pretty excited. I saw the first red band trailer, and like with all comedies, it was the only trailer I watched. I feel that way I don’t get spoiled on all the jokes. So after the trailer I was still very excited! So I went to see Hot Tub Time Machine 2 tonight, and needless to say, I was way off.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 once again stars Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke, and they are joined by Adam Scott in a film directed by Steve Pink, and cameos Chevy Chase. This go round, Lou (Corddry) and Nick (Robinson) have really taken advantage of their Hot Tub Time Machine. Nick is a famous musician who has made a career making the songs that were already hits before the original artist could, while Lou has created Lougle before Google could hit. However after Lou’s nature gets him shot, the guys must once again take a dip into the Time Machine to save Lou’s life, this time, in the future.

Look, let’s call a spade a spade, this film is crap. All the magic and randomness of the first is completely gone. The jokes mostly all fall very flat, and the dialog seems to just be trying too hard. They go for shock value humor as much as they can and it seems forced, and just doesn’t hit right. Oddly even the chemistry is off between these three returning cast mates, and Adam Scott, who I like, is a little bit over the top. I don’t know if it was really missing John Cusack, or if it’s something else, but it just falls short.

Now there are a few laughs. They are far and few between but you do chuckle at a few parts. I think the best part is honestly the end during the credits showing a montage of them time traveling. That was another small issue. The trailers made it seem like they would be traveling through different periods throughout the film, not the case. They go to the future, to save the past. And all though Adam Scott is a little over the top, he does have a few good moments. Craig Robinson is probably the best character as the film drives on though. I think they should have focused more on his character arc, but then again I don’t even know if that would’ve saved it.

All in all it is not a fun movie, not worth going to see, and complete let down of a comedy. One of those sequels that looks to capitalized on the snap success of its predecessor and falls short, (the Hangover Syndrome). I’m giving it a score of 2.3, with a bonus of .2 for Gillian Jacobs boobs, giving us a Jeebus Score of 2.5. But how about you Jackass Nation. Did you like the first film? Are you wanting to see the second? Sound off in the comments and let me know!

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 Godfather.