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31st July
written by Adam

It’s been over 30 years since Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) led his family, including son Rusty (Ed Helms), on a pilgrimage to Wally World theme park for a family vacation. In an effort to mix things up and add some spice to the annual family vacation Rusty has the idea to relive the classic Griswold road trip, this time with wife Debbie (Christina Applegate), and sons James and Kevin (Styler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins); but, will this Griswold family trip be as ill fated as other historic Griswold vacations?Vacation With a handful of nods to the Griswold family lore Director writers John Francis Daley and Jon Goldstein have a lot to live up to, taking a much beloved American road trip film and attempting to match it’s comedic caliber pound for pound– hard to do. Unfortunately, the laugh quotient just isn’t here, often leaning too heavily on gags from 30 years ago; and, rather than forging new territory, the film stays within a safe zone which doesn’t prove terribly memorable. Sure there are chuckles, but truly laugh out loud moments seem strained. More of a rental, but really more skip worthy. Vacation mildly overstays it’s welcome at 99 minutes of rated R runtime.

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