Film: Vacation

Opened: July 29, 2015

Directed by: Jonathan Goldstein

Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Charlie Day, Catherine Missal, Ron Livingston, Norman Reedus, Keegan-Michael Key, Regina Hall, Elizabeth Gillies, Tim Heidecker, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Olson, Michael Peña, Hannah Davis Jeter, David Clennon, Colin Hanks, Ryan Cartwright & John Francis Daley

Almost insulting in how it views its audience’s level of intelligence, Vacation is an adventure you’ll be happy to miss.

Now grown up with his own family, Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) decides to switch up his family’s summer vacation and take a road trip to Walley World where his parents (Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo) took him as a child. Along their way, nothing goes according to plan.

Despite having an outstanding comedic cast in lead, supporting and cameo roles, the jokes almost consistently fall flat. Screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley rely too much on visual gags that often are physically gross or oversexualized.

The two characters you’ll find endearing, Debbie (Christina Applegate) and James Griswold (Skyler Gisondo), unfortunately get lost in the mess but both have good development.

Final say: Vacation is all I never wanted. ★☆☆☆☆

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