Vacation (2015)

Ed Helms stars in the New Line Cinema reboot of the Vacation film series as Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase's iconic character of the original four films. Horrible Bosses' helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 29, 2015
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2015
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Borrowing a basic storyline from the film that inspired it but forgetting the charm, wit, and heart, Vacation is yet another nostalgia-driven retread that misses the mark.

Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

I'm all for bawdy, politically incorrect, wildly inappropriate humor -- when there are consistent and genuine laughs to be mined from the material.

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Scott Tobias

It's as if Daley and Goldstein started with a list of disgusting topics - outré sex acts, human waste, pubic hair, projectile vomiting, cow cannibalism, et al. - and constructed a narrative around them.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

Vacation cannot escape its background nor recover as anything but a pale offshoot of the original.

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Wesley Morris

You can't do much worse at the movies than Vacation.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Helms' Griswold is a dangerous, moronic maniac, and the filmmakers' disdain for him rubs off on the audience.

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Jason Bailey

Wacky hijinks ensue, some of them very funny, some dipping desperately into bad taste, some just falling flat. (Which, it's worth remembering, was the case with even the best films of this franchise.)

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Calum Marsh
Globe and Mail

There's so much dead air in the film that I wondered whether punchlines had been cleaved out to secure a PG-13 rating, but no: it's a hard, inexplicable R.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It holds on to the original's acrid cynicism for the first 40 minutes or so before turning predictable and bland. There are some real, nasty laughs to be had here, but they're front-loaded.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

It's a good indication of what to expect: a crass comedy that unfortunately fails to capture the charm of the original film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
Thanks to all the bad reviews... I was not expecting much so the laugh out loud moments were even sweeter because I felt I was "getting" something… More
Phil Hubbs
The National Lampoon's franchise is a strange beast that includes a wide variety of movies that range from downright cult classics, to utter bottom of the… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Uneven and badly written, Vacation features a few laugh-out-loud moments but in the end leaves you wondering, "What was the point of all of that?"… More
Film Crazy
A recycled storyline, but none the less funny from start to finish.
Chris Garman
Vacation has a scene early in the film where Rusty (Ed Helms) and his family have a conversation where the main topic is a pretty much breaking the third wall,… More
Nicki Marie
Pleasantly surprised. This movie had some really funny bits. Easily holds up to the original movie as a sequel. I don't usually gush over child actors,… More