Vacation (Red Band Trailer): Movie Man Jackson Analysis

Holiday road a-oh-oh-ohh-a-oh-a-oh-ohh! Some thirty odd years leater, an all grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) decides to do what his dad Clark did when he was a youngster. Go on a cross-country trip to Wally World to reconnect with his sons and wife Debbie (Christina Applegate). Why aren’t they flying? Because getting there is half the fun, you know that.

Often imitated but never fully duplicated, the original 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation still stands (in my opinion) as the best family trip movie that goes completely wrong at every stop. It is a template that Are We There Yet, RV, and Johnson Family Vacation have all tried to replicate but never got right. Remakes/reboots are often derided, but this has a natural progression that makes it feel less forced. We’ll see.

As trailers go, this is pretty average. If it makes for a better comedy by not spoiling the really good parts though, yours truly is all for it. All trailers should refrain from showing too much (though that rule is thrown by the wayside as of late), but for comedies, I believe it is more imperative to keep the cards close to the vest. Aside from the end with the mighty hammer of Thor, nothing stands out as amazingly funny, but I’ll stay optimistic. Ed Helms is a funny guy, there may be an attempt at meta humor, and who knows what cameos could be found here. Hopefully the kids aren’t too annoying.

Time to load up the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Vacation arrives July 29th, 2015.

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2 thoughts on “Vacation (Red Band Trailer): Movie Man Jackson Analysis

  1. My first reaction is that this is a mistake. But I do like some of the self-referential jokes thrown in there. But I’m with you in hoping those kids aren’t super annoying and turn out to be a couple of chuckle-buckets!! I guess we shall see.

    Plus, whoever that chick is in that car at the end of the trailer, how do I get her number. . . ?

    • I’m taking the optimistic route. I’ve heard that screenings have went over well, so hopefully the jokes in here are just middle-level stuff and not “the best of the best,” because the trailer was kind of dull.

      I think I am due for a rewatch of 1983 Vacation haha.

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