When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits. This time, he's chosen Las Vegas, the new family entertainment capital of America! Chevy Chase returns as bubbly, bumbling Clark in Vegas Vacation, a jokers-are-wild laugh fest including two other stars from past Vacations. Beverly D'Angelo is back as wife Ellen, doting on the guy she calls "Sparky," and Randy Quaid again delights as grubby goof ball Cousin Eddie. Ethan Embry (That Thing You Do!) and screen-debuting Marisol Nichols are Griswold teens who love the round-the-clock nightlife - as long as they don't share it with Mom and Dad! From Seigfried and Roy's extravaganza to a Hoover Dam tour, from cruising to losing (Wallace Shawn as a shifty blackjack dealer) to amorous crooning (Wayne Newton falls for Ellen): watch Clark try to keep family and wallet together! Written by
Man With The Golden Arm
Written by Elmer Bernstein and Sylvia Fine (as Sylvia Fine Kaye)
Performed by Billy May (as Bill May) and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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This series needs to be sent on a "permanent" vacation
Two things about this movie surprised me. First, as of April 1999, IMDB says it rates a 5.7. The original "Vacation" flick rates a 7.0. Trust me when I say that this ratings difference does not nearly describe the difference in entertainment value. Second, I was quite surprised that anyone would want to do yet another "Vacation" movie. How long will this series drag out? I suppose we should expect a weekly syndicated sitcom soon. I had the "pleasure" of catching this movie on a cable movie channel. The only reason it keeps your attention is because you can't believe how lame it is. Only the scenes with Randy Quaid approach funny. The scene with Christie Brinkley is cute, but how many people will get the reference outside of the hardcore "Vacation" fans (if there is such a group). Do you remember when the USA network alternated Gilbert Gottfried and Rhonda (?) on "Up All Night"? This movie is not good enough to be shown in that format. The only reason that I can imagine someone watching this movie is because it is being broadcast on television, and you like to have some noise in the room.
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