It's been thirty years since Clark Griswold packed up his wife and kids Audrey and Rusty, jumped in the infamous truckster station wagon and hit the road for Walley World ending up having the vacation of their lives. In the original Vacation (now a cult classic) Clark Griswold was of course played by Chevy Chase and his lovely wife Ellen, by Beverly D'Angelo. Several sequels followed, but non are as memorable as the original which hit the big screen in 1983.
Now the Griswolds are back but this time around we have an adult Rusty with a family of his own. Rusty who is played by The Hangover's Ed Helms has fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, so he surprises his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America's favorite fun park. Following in his father's footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them.
There are laughs a plenty in this hilarious re-boot and there's even a scene with the Griswold grandparents played once again by Chase and D'Angelo. Leslie Mann plays Rusty's grown up sister Audrey who is married to hot stud local Texas weatherman Stone Crandall played hysterically by Thor's Chris Hemsworth. His scenes are so funny it is a wonder that the actors made it through without cracking up.
I spoke with the film's stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins (who play their kids) and writer/directors Jonathan M Goldstein and John Francis Daley about the endless laughs on set, the freedom of making an R-Rated comedy, living up to the original movie and getting through their scenes with Chris Hemsworth.
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Vacation is in theatres on July 29th.
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