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Vacation (2015)



Critic Consensus: Borrowing a basic storyline from the film that inspired it but forgetting the charm, wit, and heart, Vacation is yet another nostalgia-driven retread that misses the mark.

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Ed Helms stars in the New Line Cinema reboot of the Vacation film series as Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase's iconic character of the original four films. Horrible Bosses' helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein write and direct. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Ed Helms
as Rusty Griswald
Christina Applegate
as Debbie, Debbie Griswold
Leslie Mann
as Audrey Griswold
Chevy Chase
as Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo
as Ellen Griswold
Skyler Gisondo
as James Griswold
Steele Stebbins
as Kevin Griswold
Chris Hemsworth
as Stone Crandall
Keegan-Michael Key
as Jack Peterson
Regina Hall
as Nancy Peterson
Tim Heidecker
as Utah Cop
Nick Kroll
as Colorado Cop
Kaitlin Olson
as Arizona Cop
Michael Peña
as New Mexico Cop
Alkoya Brunson
as Gary Peterson
Hannah Davis
as Ferrari Girl
David Clennon
as Harry Co-Pilot
Kirstin Ford
as Mom on Plane
Ethan Maher
as Boy on Plane
Nadine Avola
as Chelsea
Valerie Payton
as Shuttle Driver
O'Clair Alexander
as Husky Lady at Monument
Miles Doleac
as Man at Monument
Holly Gardner
as Woman at Monument
R.F. Daley
as Furious Husband
Elizabeth Fendrick
as Furious Wife
Michael H. Cole
as Male Guest
Brooke Jaye Taylor
as Female Guest
Matthew Cornwell
as Male Guest #2
Mitchell Warren
as Walley World Kid #2
John Francis Daley
as Ride Operator
Emyri Crutchfield
as Sheila Peterson
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Critic Reviews for Vacation

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (48)

Wacky hijinks ensue, some of them very funny, some dipping desperately into bad taste, some just falling flat. (Which, it's worth remembering, was the case with even the best films of this franchise.)

May 27, 2016 | Full Review…

It's hard to imagine even Hangover fans being satisfied by such middling vulgarity.

August 23, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

At its best, the film is very funny. At its worst, it makes you groan in dismay.

August 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

At least the National Lampoon films were memorable, which is more than can be said for the misbegotten and instantly forgettable Vacation.

August 20, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's similar to the recent comedy We're the Millers, with Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the dad and mom roles. That had more laughs and more heart.

August 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The picture is ramshackle, episodic and mindless. But, with a comic hit-to-miss ratio of around 2:1, it must be accorded a success in its (admittedly unchallenging) field.

August 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vacation


The very late sequel to the Griswold's adventures even connects to the originals films but aims much lower. Yeah, most of the humor is below the belt. There is vomit, shit, blood, jokes about pedophilia, rim jobs, and gigantic sexual organs, so to be honest, it's all pretty vulgar. But I actually had to laugh out loud quite often, unlike in most other comedies of recent years. Neat guest stars, locations and music choices make it a fun ride. Just don't expect deep humor.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Thanks to all the bad reviews... I was not expecting much so the laugh out loud moments were even sweeter because I felt I was "getting" something others missed! Fun movie!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Uneven and badly written, Vacation features a few laugh-out-loud moments but in the end leaves you wondering, "What was the point of all of that?" There was no point. This film shouldn't have been made.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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