What do you get when you
put the most stooge like family in cinema in a place filled with pitfalls.
Los Vegas is made of such hazards and the Griswolds are at it again in there
most latest outing. The great thing about these films is the objectivity you
attain after seeing the dynamics of this family. We have seen the Griswolds
run riot in Europe, Wally world, and at home for Christmas. Clark (Chevy
Chase) always has the best intentions and it always ends up in disaster. The
family gets separated, Clarke is always getting into trouble with whatever
possible and the kids are equally doing their part to accentuate the
This time in Los Vegas,
the holiday destination of choice by Clarke after a healthy bonus from his
successful preservative tailoring business. The family aren’t at first
enthusiastic but warm to the idea as time goes on. When they get there the
wheels of disaster are slowly set in motion. Helen (Beverly D’angelo) sees her
idol Wayne Newton, Clarke gambles incessantly, the kids run riot and there
seems to be no end to this rollercoaster of ambivalent emotion.
The Griswolds seem to
bottom out until Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) enters the scene to make matters
worse for our beloved family. After a visit to the “dam” dam near Los Vegas
which showed some funny yet corny gags. For instance Clark ends up getting
separated from the tour group, that the family joined up with, and Clarke gets
lost and ends up trying to shimmy across an electrical cable, suspended a mile
high above the dam. His buoyancy and don’t worry about me” attitude makes the
whole experience that much more enjoyable.
The humour throughout is a
little on the corny side, well maybe a bit more than a little but its
undeniable charm will captivate the audience. Chevy Chase seems older in this
picture, the kids are different as usual but Rusty and Audrey hold their own
well. The scenes with the cousins are great, although corny once again. This
family has some pretty kooky, yet amusing behaviour. Try having rattlesnakes
dropped on the ground to keep the 10 kids entertained while Kath and Eddie go
The great thing about the
Vacation series is that the worse the situations seem to get the funnier it
is. Clark losing thousands of dollars the kids getting into inappropriate
undertakings. Helen being swooned by a famous entertainer Wayne Newton. The
only part, which I had a problem with was the part where Helen and Clark
Griswold decide to get married right at the very end. Corny stuff. It’s
unfortunate they had to include this embarrassingly cheesy addition.
The sound is excellent in
Dolby Surround. There are plenty of extras to elaborate the cast History.
Chevy Chase having some very interesting information about his journey into
the world of film. There is very little information on Marisol Nichols who
played as Audrey unfortunately because her performance was noteworthy also.
There is a wealth of features on this film but it is all static text except
for the Vegas Vacation Trailer.
Overall though if you are
a fan of the Vacation movies, which I know I am, then this film is
recommended. The mayhem that the Griswolds get up to is always a bit of fun.
Except the corny stuff of course. If you are wondering whether this
instalment is better than the rest I would have to say a firm no.
Lampoons Vegas Vacation Features
- Jump to a Scene
- Explore the Gallery
- Cast Profiles
- Siefried & Roy
- Jerry Weintraub
- On Location
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reel Recommendations