LACKING WIT: The 1983 reboot, Vacation, fails to impress with too much gross-out humour and not enough wit. Supplied by Warner Bros.
LACKING WIT: The 1983 reboot, Vacation, fails to impress with too much gross-out humour and not enough wit. Supplied by Warner Bros. Photo Hopper Stone

Long drive falls far short for Griswolds

REVISITING the popular 1983 original, this "sort of sequel, sort of reboot" again chronicles the misadventures of the Griswold family as they attempt to reconnect on a cross country road trip to Californian amusement park, Walley World.

While the 'new' vacation is happy to borrow the same basic plot, the wit and goofy charm that made the Harold Ramis helmed classic such a cult hit is nowhere to be found in this continuation.

In fact, it really feels like very little effort went into this at all.

Vacation moves in incredibly forced and inexcusably implausible ways, as it hurries towards its next thoughtless, gross-out gag.

So much so that it's hard to figure out exactly who this movie is for.

The MA rating suggests that we're going to see an adult comedy but what we actually get is a movie with such immaturity that the audience who might enjoy the endless barrage of nonsensical toilet humour, has to drag along a fully paying adult just to be allowed in.

But honestly, the only unforgivable thing about Vacation is that it's simply not funny.

The screwball, adventurous premise promised a lot of fun and that's what the entire movie needed to be; a fun, goofy ride that keeps us guessing what's going to happen next.

Instead, Vacation is reduced to a gross-out, uninspired and ultimately unfunny misfire.

Vacation

  • Released: August 20
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Running time: 99 mins
  • Director: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley
  • Stars: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth
  • Showing at:
  • Limelight, Riverlink
  • Birch Carroll and Coyle, Ipswich
  • Reading Cinemas, Redbank
  • Star rating: 1/5

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