Flash Movie Review: Vacation

When I used to hear the word vacation I knew that meant we were taking a road trip. My preparation consisted of getting the latest comic books, magazines, along with plenty of snacks; what clothes to bring was less important to me. With the entire back seat of the car as my living space throughout the trip, I could stretch out and nap when there was nothing interesting to see out the car windows. I not only have hundreds of fond memories from those road trips, but I can recall all the not so nice things that I experienced going across the country. For example there was the trip we took to Florida where the driver was the son of family friends. He wanted to take the shortest amount of time to get to our destination so bathroom breaks were scheduled based on time not need. There was one long stretch where I started to cry because I had to use the bathroom so badly. There was another trip where we planned to stop overnight so we could rest up and arrive for lunch the next day at our destination. Unfortunately the motel we had reservations at had mice and cockroaches leading us down the hallway towards our room. We did not even bother making it to our room before turning around and leaving that place. Oh and I cannot forget the motel room that had a bathroom that looked like a crime scene. Vacations should not have to be hard; someone needed to tell the family in this adventure comedy.    HOPING to give his family the same fond memories he experienced when he was a kid Rusty Griswold, played by Ed Helms (The Hangover franchise, Cedar Rapids), decided he was going to take the family on a vacation to Walley World. There certainly was going to be a lot of memories made from this road trip. This story was not a sequel or reboot; what it did was take the character of Rusty from the original film and have him be an adult with a family of his own. Christina Applegate (Hall Pass, Anchorman franchise) played Rusty’s wife Debbie. Five minutes into the picture and I was immediately turned off by the story. Essentially the writers tried to make jokes out of the younger son bullying his older brother and I found it offensive. This went on for over half of the film and I did not find it funny at all. The rest of the jokes consisted of crude bathroom humor and dull sight gags. The only plus in this movie was Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This is 40) and Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers franchise, Rush) as Audrey and Stone Crandall. If I had known I would have put in a 60 hour work week instead of taking time to go see this boring film.


1 1/2 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 3, 2015, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Ugh, how sad is that!? Of course the original Griswold movies with Chevy Chase are a fond memory of mine, including laughing at how much they were like our 3-week family vacations with six kids in the back of a Ford station wagon hauling a pop-up Jayco camper that slept eight. I think I could write a movie based on those vacations alone, lol! (Never mind the time my dad knocked over a gas pump at the filling station with the camper and spewed gas everywhere, or the time he tried to make it through a railroad crossing coming down (to “make his destination on time!”) and we got stuck in between the crossing with a train about to kill us! Ohh the memories! So sad this didn’t live up to the heritage of the original premise.

    • I would rather sit at a cafe and listen to your travel stories (yes, you should write a book), knowing I would have a much better time than sitting thru this film. Thank you so much for your comments.

  2. It looked boring usual comic flick with old jokes. I wouldn’t have watched it in theater. Even at home, unless have a free night.
    Btw I watched Before we go, i very much enjoyed that one

  3. It looks so cringe worthy and adolescent. Yeah, any one getting bullied as supposed humour is just really low. If that would have been me and my bloke in the scene with Chris Hemsworth, I don’t think Hemsworths character would have been smiling for long after that. When is Hollywood going to stop thinking that constant ‘awkward’ or inappropriate scenes equal comedy.

    • You are so right on the money regarding the awkward stuff being funny. It was dreadful sitting through this film. As always I appreciate your comments and thoughts, thank you.

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