Vacation DVD Review

DVD Review by Sean O’Flaherty

The Premise
Hoping to bring his family closer together and to recreate his childhood vacation for his own kids, an adult Rusty Griswold takes his wife and two sons on a cross-country road trip to Walley World. Needless to say, things don't go quite as planned.

The Review
So this starts out looking like a bit of a rom com and it certainly has some of the relevant themes included as Rusty and his wife try to reignite some passion into their marriage but ultimately this ends up as the family vacation go wrong movie. For me this movie “does what it says on the tin” with a bit of flair but not much in terms of surprising plot twists. 

OK ok ok I have to admit up front this is not my type of movie but if you are fan of the Old National Lampoons movies this will be right up your ally or if you’re just into a bit of cringe comedy. 

Although having said that this movie is perfectly cast with Christina Applegate and Ed Helms at the helm. Did you see what I did there?  Anyway for me the kids were the saving grace in this moving, especially Steele Stebbins who plays Kevin Griswald the youngest brother.  This kid has a future with great comedic timing he has. I had a couple of genuine laugh out loud moments thanks to the little guy.

Ed Helms is the sixth actor to play Rusty Griswold after Anthony Michael Hall (Vacation (1983)); Jason Lively (National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)); Johnny Galecki (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)); Ethan Embry (Vegas Vacation (1997)); Travis Greer (Hotel Hell Vacation (2010).

The Verdict
So for me the Jury is out on this one and I will leave it up to you. If you have a bit of spare cash and want a few laughs at other peoples expense then head along.  If you’re after something a bit more intellectual you should probably move right along and give this one a wide birth.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 23rd December 2015
Rating: R13 – Contains violence, offensive language and sexual references
Duration: 99 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Skyler Gisondo & Chevy Chase
Director: John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein

The Extras
This has the exact same release date as the original Vacation (1983) - July 29th.

Randy Quaid couldn't reprise his role as Cousin Eddie, due to his arrest involving a house payment dispute. Quaid currently lives in Canada.

The only people to appear in every Vacation movie are Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, except for Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003)

As a homage to the previous four movies: Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation - The pictures Rusty looks at in his photo album near the beginning of the film, are taken from each of the aforementioned films.