Most of the movie series revivals that have opened in theaters (or are going to open in theaters) in 2015 have concerned blockbuster franchises (Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Terminator), which makes Vacation (2015) an exception to the rule this year. The last theatrically-released film to feature the Griswold clan – headed by Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) – was Vegas Vacation in 1997, though the franchise never fully rested during the 2000s (with home releases like Christmas Vacation 2).
Chase and D’Angelo make an appearance in the Vacation revival, but it’s Ed Helms (The Hangover trilogy) and Christina Applegate (Anchorman 1 & 2) who are leading the charge as the next generation of Griswold parents (Rusty and Debbie, respectively). It’s safe to say that Rusty and Debbie won’t be any more successful at keeping life wholesome under their watch than Clark and Ellen were, judging by the multiple red band trailers that’ve now been released for the decidedly R-Rated 2015 Vacation film.
Here is the official synopsis for Vacation (2015):
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again—and on the road for another ill-fated adventure. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.
The Vacation trailers have thus far included self-referential jokes and throwback gags to the original National Lampoon’s Vacation movie released in 1983, in between the various bits of adult humor – which, in the latest preview, includes Rusty and Debbie’s sons (played by Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) cursing like sailors. Point being, although Vacation (2015) could indeed be considered just a modern-day sequel to the franchise, it’s very much a (soft) reboot in spirit.
Vacation is the feature directorial debut for screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (they also penned the script), with the duo having previously written both hit adult comedies (Horrible Bosses) and not-so-successful laughfests (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) alike. The pair are already on their way to bigger and better things, seeing as they’ve been recruited to pen the 2017 Spider-Man movie reboot for Marvel Studios and Sony.
The new Vacation movie could well provide a litmus test of sorts for Daley and Goldstein’s Spider-Man script, seeing as both projects require the duo to re-invent and re-introduce an established property. Obviously, Vacation has a very different comical temperament than the web-slinger’s next adventure (shared John Hughes inspiration aside), but if Daley and Goldstein manage to do something interesting with the Vacation franchise then it will only boost confidence in their Spidey storytelling skills (for more on that subject, listen to this week’s Screen Rant Underground Podcast installment).
Vacation opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2015.
Source: Yahoo! Movies