Vegas Vacation
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This is the fourth in a series of movies that began with National Lampoon's Vacation in 1983 and feature the family headed by Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) going on wacky vacations. This time, the Griswolds visit Las Vegas. Clark immediately goes to the blackjack table and starts blowing all his money, continually encouraged to spend more and more by a taunting dealer, Marty (Wallace Shawn). Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) becomes smitten with the lounge singer Wayne Newton (playing himself), who invites her to sing onstage with him. Their son Rusty (Ethan Embry) is incredibly lucky… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The subplots involving D'Angelo and Newton and Ethan Embry -- the Griswolds' son, who can't stop winning -- have their charms."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"I'll lay you 3-to-1 odds that by the end of this flick even fans will be thinking that this wasn't a trip worth taking."
‑ Bruce Walker, Washington Post
"Despite Chevy Chase's decent effort trying to revive the Griswold franchise, VEGAS VACATION is just a big disappointment. This one could have just premiered on TV, as it resembles that sort of mediocrity."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"It's a bad sign when National Lampoon wants its name out of the title."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Stay home!"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A tepid fourth entry in the popular 1980s series that is decidedly showing its age."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"There is nothing more memorable about Vegas Vacation than the flatness of the writing in Elisa Bell's script and the uninspired direction of first-timer Stephen Kessler."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"Lame National Lampoon with usual innuendo, drinking."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"The fourth and weakest trip with the hapless Griswolds."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"It's simply so lacking in attempts at humor that Chase might have had a better chance at coming up with a winner playing a slot machine."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"To the legions who have returned as losers from the glitzy playgrounds of the Nevada desert can now be added the people responsible for Vegas Vacation."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"The first half hour in particular is clogged with wheezing routines that appear to have no punchlines."
‑ John Hartl, Film.com
"...the Griswolds bring down the house."
‑ Blake French, Filmcritic.com
"A high colonic for the brain."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"It's not really awful - it's just dull."
‑ , Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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