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Revival of Irreverent Road Trip Franchise Released on Home Video

Vacation

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Revival of Irreverent Road Trip Franchise Released on Home Video

 

National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enduring film franchise launched back in 1978 by the late John Hughes, the brains behind such Chicago-centric screen classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Trains, Planes & Automobiles; Home Alone; Uncle Buck; and Baby’s Day Out, to name a few. The original Vacation adventure featured the Griswold family’s very eventful road trip from the Windy City to L.A.VACATION, DVD Review, National Lampoon's Vacation, Walley World, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, comedy

This nostalgic seventh installment not only resurrects Walley World amusement park as its destination point, but has Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprising their iconic roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, respectively. However, they couple’s been reduced to a cameo appearance in favor of a plot revolving around their son Rusty’s (Ed Helms) nuclear family.

At the point of departure, we find Rusty sorely in need of a break from the rat race as an overworked pilot for a budget airline carrier. He plans to both spice up his stale marriage and spend some quality time with his sons during the drive across the country. Of course, the highway gods have other ideas in mind, as the perils laying in wait range from robbery to raw sewage.

My biggest problem with this relatively-salacious episode rests in its obsession with sexuality, and often in offensive fashion. For example, when younger son Kevin (Steele Stebbins) asks, “Dad, what’s a pedophile?” he is inappropriately informed that “It’s when a man and a boy love each other very much.” It doesn’t help that the kid subsequently encounters a “glory hole” in a rest stop bathroom ostensibly cruised by gay men.

There is also a homophobic tone cast over the entire picture, coming courtesy of Kevin’s relentless bullying of his effeminate big brother, James (Skyler Gisondo). The mean-spirited mistreatment includes teasing his sibling about having a vagina and choking him with a plastic bag. Even the boy’s father piles on periodically, like when he suggests that Kevin  scratches like a girl when he fights instead of punching. Rusty’s wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) isn’t much of a role model either, between over-imbibing in a “Chug Run” during a pit stop and ‘fessing up about having developed a bad reputation in college for showing her breasts to anybody who asked.VACATION, DVD Review, National Lampoon's Vacation, Walley World, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, comedy

From full-frontal male nudity to an F-word laced theme song, Vacation is a cringe-inducing disappointment that bears little resemblance to the original it so desperately endeavors to pay homage to.

Fair (1 star)

Rated R for brief male frontal nudity, sexuality, crude humor, mature themes and pervasive profanity

Running time: 99 minutes

Distributor: Warner Home Entertainment Group

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Return to Walley World; The Griswold Odyssey; Georgia; gag reel; and deleted scenes.    

To order a copy of the Vacation Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0134BHG8A/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20%C2%A0

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