The much-loved 1980s and 1990s National Lampoon comedy series is back with Vacation.

Vacation is a sequel/remake that will make you laugh out loud. How on Earth is such a level of idiocy even possible you might ask. Well that’s what makes this film a gold mine.


Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), his wife (Christina Applegate) and their two sons are in a rut. Same vacation each year, same patterns, same dull life. To change things up a little and remembering the trip he, himself, took with his dad (Chevy Chase) as a teenager, he decides to surprise everyone with a road trip to Walley World. All they need is some family bonding time. What better plan than to put everyone in a small car for a week to sort out all their issues?

If Vin Diesel can do it, so can I! ~ Rusty Griswold


Personally, I have not seen the original National Lampoon Vacation films, but I really enjoyed the latest installment in the series. However, the critics don’t agree. My theory is that fans of the franchise had massive expectations leading ultimately to disappointment. Because I was just looking for a good comedy, I didn’t. It was fun.

The next generation of Griswolds is even more ill-fated than before.

Their cross-country excursion will turn into a debacle of epic proportion for the viewer’s greatest pleasure. This movie is misadventure after misadventure. They just won’t catch a break no matter what and it is very funny to watch them suffer. It also reminded me of my family trips and it made me nostalgic. With time, we forget the bad memories and focus on the good just like Rusty.

Vacation was funny enough. Also, keep an eye out for the unexpected famous actors popping up from time to time. I greatly enjoyed it.