FW MOVIE PICK: VACATION

Christina Applegate, Ed Helms, Skyler Gisondo, and Steele Stebbins in Vacation (2015)

Passing the Torch movies sure were a trend in the 2010’s, while I was curious to check out this fifth installment in the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” film series, but after seeing the raunchy trailer and decided to watch it at home! Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold surprises his wife and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America’s favorite fun park. Following in his father’s footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them. Starring Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Beverly D’Angelo, and Chevy Chase. The movie utilizes the tradition of the classic film and completely ruins it by making it a raunchy comedy that lacks the laughs (although I did pity laugh a few times, specifically at Chris Hemsworth), charm or heart. This is why I don’t see these kind of movies in theaters and Rusty is no Clark in terms of humor. In the tradition of the first film; A new girl in a red Ferrari played by model Hannah Davis appears. This time, while driving down the highway, the girl pulls alongside Rusty and makes flirtatious gestures at him before swerving into the other lane, being hit head on and killed by a semi-truck; which is extremely in poor taste (just like a random nude scene that is only done for shock value). Overall this tasteless iteration of the family road trip classic should be buried deep in the ground and will be remembered for the Razzie performance from Chevy Chase!

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