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: 28% 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.

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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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

At least the National Lampoon films were memorable, which is more than can be said for the misbegotten and instantly forgettable Vacation.

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Don Shanahan
Every Movie Has a Lesson

The film was never going to be very smart, but it delivers the belly laughs you needed and were looking for.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

It's hard to imagine even Hangover fans being satisfied by such middling vulgarity.

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Peter Bradshaw

It's similar to the recent comedy We're the Millers, with Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the dad and mom roles. That had more laughs and more heart.

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Richard Crouse
Richard Crouse

If not for certain brand of anatomical humour Vacation would be about 12 minutes long.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

At its best, the film is very funny. At its worst, it makes you groan in dismay.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The picture is ramshackle, episodic and mindless. But, with a comic hit-to-miss ratio of around 2:1, it must be accorded a success in its (admittedly unchallenging) field.

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Rudie Obias
Battleship Pretension

Most of the comedy just doesn't work, which is odd because the premise sets up its characters to go from crazy moment to crazy moment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
The very late sequel to the Griswold's adventures even connects to the originals films but aims much lower. Yeah, most of the humor is below the belt.… More
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
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.