Nobody ever pretends that the National Lampoon Vacation film series is classic cinema, but with the latest entry, simply called Vacation, it hits a new low. The torch, as it were, has been passed to a new generation of the Griswold family, and the family just simply is not at all funny.
Chevy Chase was the star of four previous film outings, but in this film he and his screen wife, Beverly D’Angelo, return for an extended cameo that is just too little too late to save this misguided attempt at mean-spirited humor.
The starring honour this time goes to Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark and Ellen (played by Chase and D’Angelo in this and previous films). While Chevy Chase in his prime could cause a laugh just by raising an eyebrow, Helms has no such talent. His attempts at humour are excruciatingly bad.
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(Still of Christina Applegate and Ed Helms in Vacation. Photo by Hopper Stone – © (c) 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC.)