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‘Vacation’ Reviews: Does The Sort-Of Sequel Compare To The Original?

Wed, July 29, 2015 3:24pm EDT by 1 Comment
Vacation Review Roundup
Courtesy of New Line Cinema

The reviews are pouring in for the raucous new comedy, ‘Vacation,’ riding the coattails of the original 1983 film of the same name. So, does this semi-sequel live up to its namesake? Check out some reviews!

In Vacation, much like the classic film on which it is based, a family takes an ill-fated trip to Walley World, encountering chaos and disaster along the way. The movie, which hit theaters officially on July 29, stars Christina Applegate and Ed Helms— with a scene stealing moment from Chris Hemsworth— and even features an appearance by the original flick’s star, Chevy Chase. With all that going for it, hilarity must ensue right? Maybe– and maybe not. We’ve rounded up reviews so you know what you’re in for if you decide to take a Vacation!


New York Times:

The kid with the potty mouth may cost Warner Bros. some business at the box office, but in a strange way he elevates Vacation, a very funny R-rated movie with a PG-13 heart.

The A.V. Club:

And so the Vacation cycle begins anew, in one of those sequels that also functions as an unnecessarily reverent remake. Once again, wacky vacation photos appear on-screen during the opening credits to the strains of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road”; once again, there are comical problems with the family car; and once again, the movie proceeds as a series of comic vignettes chronicling the family’s various mishaps.

New York Post:

Vacation tries again and again to up the ante from its classic predecessor before calling in Chase and Beverly D’Angelo and even the original Truckster station wagon for brief appearances. But for all the F-bombs and references to ‘rim jobs’ and ‘glory holes,’ the geniuses behind the new film just don’t understand the difference between genuine subversiveness and pointless vulgarity.

Los Angeles Times:

Like the original, this film is rated R, but Rs are raunchier than they used to be. Where the original Vacation relied on slapstick for its laughs, the new film is dragged down by something grosser and more hostile — let’s call it splatstick. In the course of the movie’s 98 minutes, a pretty girl and a farm animal both get splattered, the family ends up elbow deep in raw sewage, and Debbie pukes her way through a visit to her old sorority. It’s enough to make you say, ‘Dad, pull over the car. I’m gonna be sick.’

You’ve read the reviews, now it’s your turn! Will you check out Vacation?

— Casey Mink