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Angie - AV November 06, 2015

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Rusty Griswold (played by Ed Helms) returns in an all new comedy about a dysfunctional vacation featuring a new generation of the Griswold family.  Rusty is all grown up and has a family of his own now – wife, Debbie, (played by Christina Applegate) and 2 sons, James and Kevin.  The family is stuck in a rut, so as they are planning an upcoming vacation, Rusty takes it upon himself to plan a new adventure for them by recreating a vacation from his past – the infamous trip to Walley World.  If you are familiar with the Griswold family, you have come to realize that nothing they attempt to do ever happens easily – wild and crazy antics seem to follow this family everywhere they go!  All this being said, I was not impressed with this re-creation of the classic movie.  The nostalgia behind the film made me hope for something better, but unfortunately I did not find this version nearly as entertaining or funny as the original.  I also was disappointed that Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) wasn’t a more prominent character in this movie.  He is the head of the beloved Griswold family after all!  Unlike its predecessor, which has become a classic, I don’t feel this movie is worth watching again. 

Overall Rating:  C

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