Monday, December 16, 2013
Vacation Retrospective: Vegas Vacation (1997)
Director: Stephen Kessler
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Ethan Embry, Marisol Nichols, Randy Quaid, Wayne Newton, Miriam Flynn
Every time I belch, the plate shifts and my legs give out. But man, what a view!
Eight years later and what seemed like out of nowhere we get Vegas Vacation. The Griswolds return with new actors playing the children and have another adventure. This time it feels that maybe there's only so much you can do. Narratively, I really like where the movie takes the family and other characters. It also has some very nice connections to the original and other films in the series. But, from the comedy standpoint it feels as if this series is pretty much out of gas with its retread jokes and obvious environmentally related sequences. There's also a more than necessary reliance on Cousin Eddie more than before as well.
Next Time: God...I don't even want to think about it.
No real song significant to this one ("Holiday Road" does return), but this did play while super cute Marisol Nichols danced on a sign.