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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
This is the forth and last movie about Griswalds. Well , at least until the new remake of "Vacation" doesn't show up. It doesn't have the National Lampoons title , but it is the sequel to previous three movies. It was directed Stephen Kessler. What is more important is that John Hughes (writer of all three movies) isn't the writer of this one. "Vegas vacation" was written by Elisa Bell and Bob Ducsay.
It's hard to find a good third movie in the series , much less forth. It's also a risk to make a sequel to an 80's movie . Many of the sequels to 80's movies fails , because they aren't able to capture that specific 80's magic of the original ("Another 48 hours" , "Beverly Hills cop 3", "Blues brothers 2000" for example). Griswalds didn't really needed another sequel , since the third one was really good . So who needed it ? Chevy Chase . After the 1989 he wasn't able to make a successful movie and this was his last attempt to become a major star once more .
In the end it's not a bad movie , but it lacks freshness . The writers actually did a lot of work to keep "Vegas vacation" in style of previous movies and for most part the movie resembles Hughes sense of humor. Unfortunately , there are too many moments of boredom when nothing happens and most of the jokes are mildly amusing .
The funniest scenes are happening near the ending , when Clark and Eddie go to VERY cheap restaurant and unusual casino (where you can play Rock, paper, scissors ! ). There is also a nice tribute scene to the first movie with the chick in the car. On the other hand the scene at the Hoover Dam is rather unbelievable , even for Clark.
The old cast is back and in a good shape Chevy Chase , Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid. The kids has been recast again . Ethan Embry plays Rusty and Marisol Nichols plays Audrey. I have to say they are my least favorite couple from the whole series. They give very flat performances.
Anyway , it's still a quite decent goodbye for Griswalds. It was good to hear Beach boys "Good vibrations " and once again Lindsey Buckhingam "Holiday road" . And the scene between Clark and the old lonely man shows why the audience liked Clark so much . He isn't too bright , but he's heart is in the right place. I give it 5/10.
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