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Vacation (2015)

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Rated: R   |  Run Time: 1hr 39min   |  Released: July 29, 2015 | Rating: 6.1/10

In 2015, audiences were treated to a fresh take on the classic "Vacation" film series with the release of the comedy film simply titled "Vacation." Directed and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the movie serves as both a sequel and a soft reboot of the original National Lampoon's "Vacation" franchise that began with "National Lampoon's Vacation" in 1983.

Starring Ed Helms as the grown-up Rusty Griswold, the film introduces a new generation to the Griswold family as they embark on a cross-country road trip to the fictional amusement park Walley World. Rusty, now a pilot for a low-cost regional airline, decides to recreate the memorable vacation he took with his family in his youth. However, chaos ensues as the Griswold clan encounters a series of comedic and absurd misadventures along the way.

The film pays homage to its predecessor while injecting modern humor and a fresh perspective into the narrative. Christina Applegate plays Rusty's wife, Debbie, bringing her comedic prowess to the role as they navigate the challenges of family life. Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins portray Rusty and Debbie's sons, James and Kevin, each adding their own comedic flair to the dysfunctional family dynamic.

One of the highlights of "Vacation" is the cameo appearances by original cast members Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, reprising their iconic roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold. Their involvement brings a nostalgic touch to the film, creating a bridge between the classic films and the contemporary installment.

The humor in "Vacation" is often raunchy and absurd, embracing the tradition of the National Lampoon's series. From encounters with eccentric characters to disastrous pit stops, the Griswolds face a plethora of challenges that keep the audience laughing throughout the journey.

While "Vacation" received mixed reviews from critics, it found success with audiences who appreciated its irreverent humor and nods to the original films. The movie captures the essence of the road trip comedy genre, blending outrageous scenarios with heartfelt moments that underscore the importance of family.

In the end, "Vacation" (2015) serves as a modern, entertaining addition to the iconic "Vacation" film series. It successfully combines elements of nostalgia with a contemporary comedic sensibility, making it a worthwhile watch for both fans of the original films and newcomers ready for a hilarious and chaotic family adventure.


Directed by

  • Jonathan Goldstein

  • John Francis Daley

Written by

  • Jonathan Goldstein

  • John Francis Daley

Based on


by John Hughes

Produced by

  • David Dobkin

  • Chris Bender


  • Ed Helms

  • Christina Applegate

  • Leslie Mann

  • Beverly D'Angelo

  • Chevy Chase


Barry Peterson

Edited by

Jamie Gross

Music by

Mark Mothersbaugh



  • New Line Cinema

  • RatPac-Dune Entertainment

  • BenderSpink

  • Big Kid Pictures

Distributed by

Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date

  • July 29, 2015 (United States)

Running time

99 minutes


United States




$31 million

Box office

$107.2 million

Parental Rating: R (Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian)


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