Director: J.F Daley & J.M. Goldstein
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate
Its the fifth edition in the Vacation franchise and 32 years since the release of the first film as this highly anticipated sequel opens in cinemas. A new generation of dysfunctional Griswolds take to the freeways, enjoying a 2000 road trip to a theme park and encounter many adventures (or more aptly misadventures) along the way.
There's a foul stench in theatres playing Vacation and its not reeking from the dirty smelly carpets drenched with soft drinks and smeared with popcorn, but it’s protruding from the actual movie itself. The script is overloaded with vulgar below-the-belt toilet humour and sequences (such as scenes where the Griswold’s are bathing in a pond full of human sewerage) so gross that some viewers will be utterly disgusted and offended.
However, the majority of movie-goers attending this film realize this isnt meant to be a Shakespearean literary masterpiece and Vacation should strangely fulfil the expectations of the target audience. Ed Helms and Christina Applegate are likeable as the new breed of Griswolds as they journey with their dysfunctional family across America.
Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their characters in cameo roles and Chris Hemsworth hangs up his Superhero cloak in a supporting comic role showcasing that 'size does matter'. Hilarious and trashy humour evokes belly-aching laughter with a continuous flow of gags which spreads throughout the audience like an infectious disease.
Refined movie-goers will steer away from this immature and lacklustre film, but the rest of us should rush off to the local cinemas and be pleasantly surprised and stimulated, as we join the Griswolds on their ludicrous road trip to sheer silliness. JAKE