Thirty-two years after National Lampoon’s Vacation, another Griswold clan hits the asphalt for sequel-cum-remake Vacation.
Ed Helms’ Rusty, grown up son of Chevy Chase’s hapless Clark, is the irrepressibly chipper dad at the wheel, determined to drag his jaded wife (Christina Applegate) and their two bickering sons – sensitive, guitar-strumming James (Skyler Gisondo) and psychotic, bullying younger brother Kevin (Steele Stebbins) – on a cross-country, family-bonding trip to Walley World, the first film’s amusement park destination.
Their hopeless vehicle, a clunky gas-guzzling Albanian minivan with angry-Korean sat nav, supplies some chuckles en route, but many will find the gross-out gags and even grosser paedophilia jokes less welcome.
Look out, though, for Thor’s Chris Hemsworth as Rusty’s farcically well-endowed weatherman brother-in-law and Leslie Mann as Rusty’s sister Audrey, plus cameos from Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, the original Griswold parents.
Certificate 15. Runtime 95 mins. Directors Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley
Vacation is available on Blu- ray, DVD & Digital HD from Warner Bros. Entertainment.