Vegas Vacation

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Released 1997

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Director:
Stephen Kessler
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG
Vegas Vacation is the 1997 continuation of the popular National Lampoon comedy series chronicling the further misadventures of the hapless Griswold family, led by their detrimentally enthusiastic father Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase, Caddyshack, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Spies Like Us, The Three Amigos, Vacation, Christmas Vacation, European Vacation.) This time the Griswolds go to Vegas, where son Rusty (Ethan Embry, Dutch, Dragnet, Vacancy, Eagle Eye, Can't Hardly Wait, Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle) acts like an Italian guy, daughter Audrey (Marisol Nichols, Scream 2, Felon, Bowfinger) wants to be a dancer, wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo, Lightning Jack, Entourage, American History X) wants to have Wayne Newton or the other way around, and Clark himself has a gambling problem. Cousin Eddie, played by a always funny Randy Quaid (Independence Day, Brokeback Mountain, Kingpin, Midnight Express, Quick Change, The Last Picture Show), has a pregnant wife this time around too.

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  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Series regulars Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid (who joined for "Christmas Vacation") are all back for more, and thank God for Quaid, who injects a few bracing shots ...

  • 10

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    Throughout this lame film, directed by Stephen Kessler and written by Elisa Bell, situations are developed -- complicated directions to a hotel room, Clark clinging to the face of ...

  • 0

    Los Angeles Times

    There is nothing more memorable about Vegas Vacation than the flatness of the writing in Elisa Bell's script and the uninspired direction of first-timer Stephen Kessler.

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