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This time the Griswolds are on a roll.
The Griswold family hits the road again for a typically ill-fated vacation, this time to the glitzy mecca of slots and showgirls—Las Vegas.
Watched as part of my July Vegas Challenge.
I’ve always enjoyed the Griswold Vacation movies; they’re silly, fun and the Griswolds are so very similar to my own family when growing up. Seriously, don’t get me started on the number of disasters my stepdad caused! And every family has their own Cousin Eddie, right?
Unfortunately, Vegas Vacation is the weakest of the four Vacation movies (obviously I’m excluding Christmas Vacation 2). The film starts off on dodgy ground with the slapstick turned up to 11. Some of the actions by the characters seem very out of place, even for Clark Griswold. Luckily the story settles down for the most part and returns to the usual form.
There was a lot…
Quite different tonally from the previous films (which were all written by John Hughes, this one isn't), though the basic gist is the same. Chevy Chase wants to take his family on a nice vacation, so they head to Vegas, where Chase becomes a gambling addict, his wife nearly has an affair, his daughter becomes a slutty club dancer and his son becomes friends with affluent businessmen. I feel for Chase in these films, he's just trying to be a good father and do nice things with his family. My dad never wants to take me anywhere. I wish he was more like Chevy Chase. Randy Quaid of course steals the show again as rowdy Uncle Eddie. This was probably an installment too far for the franchise though.
I did not expect this! Vegas Vacation was the silliest of all Vacation movies and I loved it. It is not as good as the original, but it is better than Christmas Vacation in my opinion. It made me laugh a lot and the actors who played the kids were pretty good, unlike European Vacation. Watch this with friends and you will definitely have fun!
Even though it's my least favorite of the series, I still love this one.
Let's never speak of this again.
By 1997, John Hughes had built up too much credibility as a dramedy filmmaker to come back to this, but don't go thinking that this is project is completely uncaring about its credibility, because after "Loaded Weapon 1" and "Senior Trip", even National Lampoon's golden saga had to drop the "National Lampoon's" in the title. Regardless, this is such a shameless capitalization on what people loved about the series thus far that Rany Quaid is back as Cousin Eddie, and Christie "Ferrari Babe" Brinkley has also returned, on the rebound after her '94 divorce from Billy Joel... and '95 divorce from Richard Taubman... and around the time she married Peter Cook. Man, Brinkley has gone through marriages and divorces so…
Better than expected. Fun subplots for each family member, definitely much better than European Vacation.
A belated entry in the Vacation series that shifts the Griswolds to Vegas for some fairly tame hi-jinx and shenanigans. Lacking the crass genius of the original and the heart of Christmas Vacation, Vegas still winds up a much better movie than the mean spirited European Vacation.
Vegas definitely feels as though there's a more ballsy feature that was left on the cutting room floor but despite a heavy dose of schmalz and a lack of swears, boobies, dead animals/ relatives or fecal matter there are a number of jokes that hit their mark.
Much funnier than expected.
Last outing of the Vacation franchise, before getting rebooted in 2015.
It's still fun and I guess Chevy Chase will always be remembered for his Griswald role. The main cast - with Beverly D'Angelo and the funny Randy Quaid, besides Chase - remains the same.
I don't know why, but I got in an odd mood to watch this. I know the critics trashed but, I like it. Obviously it doesn't touch Vacation or Christmas Vacation, but I like it better than European Vacation personally.
Also, Nick Papagiorgio is hands down the best fake name ever.
As moronically unfunny as the others.
I just want comedies these days to be as funny as the casino Eddie takes Clark to. I'll settle for the buffet he takes Clark to.
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