Movie Reviews: 'Vacation'

 Vacation (Review)

By Aric Sweeny


After seeing “Vacation,” you might need to take your own trip away from the cinema. 

Like the original, the Griswold family takes a road trip to Wally World, a theme park in California; this time, how ever, the father of the family is none other than Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase)’s son, Russell (Ed Helms). The film also features his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their children, Kevin (Steele Stebbins) and James (Skyler Gisondo). 

The new Griswold family is about as cliche as it gets; the working man who likes consistency in his life, the wife who needs a break and is questioning her marriage, and the two brothers who are polar opposite to each other. Although Christina Applegate does give somewhat of a decent performance, especially in the college scene, there is no stand out role. Kevin, the younger brother, was the absolute worst part of this movie. He played a young kid who bullied his teenage brother, and it was absolutely terrible. His lines were horribly written, and delivered even worse. I’ll even go as far as to say Kevin was the worst character i’ve seen in a film this year. The bullying of his older brother was used as comedic irony, but fell flat. To sum it up, his character was cringe worthy.

The only thing “Vacation” has going for it is the cameos by other actors. Chris Hemsworth was in the movie for about 10 minutes, and was easily a highlight of the film. Same goes for Charlie Day’s character. They both provided much needed laughs that the main family just couldn’t provide.

Going into the film, I was hoping to see Chevy Chase a lot more than we actually did. In the short span his character was even used, there were no laughs. This wasn’t his fault though, the writing was just awful. 

Like most movies coming out, too much was shown in the trailer. They set up the ‘human waste swamp’ scene, only to show what we had already seen in the trailer. This could have actually been a somewhat humorous scene, but was ruined by marketing. 

There is a quick set of dialogue between the main family towards the beginning of the film that flirts with the boundary of breaking the fourth wall. The kids aren’t aware of the vacation they are about to take, and it is essentially used to show that this film can stand on its own and can exist without the original “Vacation”. 

Overall, this film is a mess and has no good lead roles. The jokes aren’t funny and the characters are pretty terrible. Without the cameos, “Vacation” would be one of the worst comedies I’ve seen in a long time.