A reboot to the classic National Lampoon's Vacation misses the mark in every way; it lacks heart, comedy and is completely forgettable.
In 1983, Chevy Chase’s Vacation hit the summer sweet spot. Now, this next-generation reboot from writer-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley is a total bomb. The holiday road formally brought its audience laughter and charisma, now years later, that same road slaps them right in the face.
Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, son of Clark (Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), takes his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a familiar road trip to “Wally World.” This supposed raucous R-rated fun falls flat on its face. The gags aim for desperation, while actor Chris Hemsworth shakes his junk around. It’s been 32 years since the first trip to “Wally World” and in the end; this is not the vacation we needed.
Vacation is rated R (Restricted). For crude and sexual content and language throughout, and brief graphic nudity.