MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 620 this week

Vegas Vacation (1997)

 -  Comedy  -  14 February 1997 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 26,353 users   Metascore: 20/100
Reviews: 85 user | 36 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 13 May 2011
 
V's
a list of 27 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 21 Jun 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Vegas Vacation" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Vegas Vacation (1997)

Vegas Vacation (1997) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Vegas Vacation.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Griswalds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Though Eddie's fired right at Christmastime, his boss sends him and his family on a South Pacific vacation, hoping Eddie won't sue him after being bitten by a lab monkey. When the Tuttle ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Marck
Stars: Kate Bradley Simmons, Jake Thomas, Randy Quaid
Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest
Funny Farm (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O'Morrison
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When police discover that a mob hitman has moved in next door to the Robbersons, they want to find out what he is up to. So they set up a stakeout in the Robbersons' home. Hard-nosed, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Jack Palance, Dianne Wiest
Fletch (1985)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher, Los Angeles journalist, really lives for his profession. As Jane Doe, he publishes articles that have caused several heads to roll in the past. Now, Fletch is at it... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Joe Don Baker, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Caddyshack (1980)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray
Fletch Lives (1989)
Comedy | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Fletch is a reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper, but he acts more like a detective. When an obscure relative leaves him a Louisiana mansion in his will, Fletch is naturally curious. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips
Hotel Hell Vacation (Video 2010)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Clark and Ellen Griswold embark on a trip to visit their son Rusty and his family, but along the way Clark has planned a romantic getaway where everything turns to disaster.

Director: Bryan Buckley
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Meade Nichol
Vacation VIII (2013)
Adventure | Comedy

Young father Rusty Griswold gears up to take his family on a vacation.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Christina Applegate
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Miriam Flynn ...
...
...
Siegfried Fischbacher ...
Himself (as Siegfried)
Roy Horn ...
Himself (as Roy)
...
...
...
Limo Driver
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,837,927 (USA) (14 February 1997)

Gross:

$36,429,528 (USA) (30 May 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first (and only) Vacation film to receive a PG rating by the MPAA See more »

Goofs

When Ellen is sitting at the table in the casino with Wayne Newton, she gets up to give the piano lady a tip, but in the next shot Wayne gives her money while she is sitting down. See more »

Quotes

Mirage Reception Person: Welcome to the Mirage. May I have your credit card, please?
Clark Griswold: Yes, indeedy. Clark W. Griswold, four.
Mirage Reception Person: You know, we have an excellent dry cleaning service here, if you're so inclined.
Clark Griswold: Oh, uh? it's? it's a bbbirthmark.
Mirage Reception Person: Uh-huh. Now in order to get to your rooms, you're going to have to go this way through the casino, veer to the left. Take a sharp right at the first giant palm tree. You'll see a group of blackjack tables. Not baccarat, not craps, blackjack. Keep going, then wind around to your left. ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

Sid Caesar's name appears in the opening credits of the film, even though he doesn't appear until the last 15-20 minutes of the movie, and only for one scene. See more »

Connections

Featured in Shameful Sequels: Vegas Vacation (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ready To Go (U.S. Mix)
Written by Tim Dorney, Saffron, Jonny Male (as Jonathan Male) and Andrew Todd
Performed by Republica
Courtesy of BMG U.K. Ltd./BMG Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

"All in all, I feel that 'Vegas Vacation' is a very underrated comedy."
24 February 2003 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

`Vegas Vacation' - 1997 - 3.5/5 stars

In 1989, audiences were introduced to `Christmas Vacation,' which turned out to be more than a pleasant surprise. Then, in 1997, almost a decade later, another `Vacation' film churned out. The fourth in the series.

`Vegas Vacation.'

Clark Griswold has finally gotten his break. His food preservatives have been approved, and he has gotten a bonus. Now, what to do with the money? He has an idea. Take the wife and kids to.(big surprise) Vegas! But soon after the ordeal of arriving in Vegas is over, Clark finds himself wasting away his money gambling; especially playing craps! Now, with the help of Uncle> Eddie, he must regain his money, and regain his wife from the grasp of Wayne Newton!

Chevy Chase returns to the role of Clark Griswold, he gets these crazy notions and perfect ideas built up in his head, and as we have learned in the other films, they always disintegrate one at a time until he blows his top.

Beverly D'Angelo returns to the character of Ellen Griswold, she pulls off the housewife/mother role quite believably; she is not nearly as bad as anyone would expect. Many people say she was in the first movie just to flash the screen a few times, but that's just from the mouths of people who dislike the movies; I think her role is important, and D'Angelo carries it well. The only other person I can think of that fits the Ellen character is Goldie Hawn, but that's probably because she acts a bit like D'Angelo so it is easier to imagine her as Ellen.

The kids in this `Vacation' film are (finally!) older; Rusty is on the verge of manhood, and Audrey has matured as well. The things they get themselves into during the film are quite funny. Audrey becomes a Vegas dancer, and Rusty becomes a rich tycoon with the help from some `friends.' We splice back and forth to their predicaments during the film.

One hilarious segment includes a bit where the Griswold family visits Uncle Eddie (a returning Randy Quaid) out in the middle of nowhere; he says that he got his land for free from the government because it used to be a nuclear test site (`I got tomatoes growing this big!'). Uncle Eddie is more disgusting than ever; he lives in a small trailer with about forty-something kids, all of which have strange deformations.

In `Vegas Vacation,' Randy Quaid has the longest screen time that Eddie's ever had before, and I think this is a good thing. Perhaps some people thought it went a bit over the top with Eddie, but I say, `The more Eddie, the better!'

Wallace Shawn makes a rather long cameo as the craps dealer; Clark has a vengeance built up against Shawn's character. He MUST beat him. However, Clark always loses and that is how he loses all his money.

Wayne Newton takes a rather big role as well. He pretends to be in love with Ellen Griswold (`It's a lock of my hair.') in the film; he tries to steal her from Clark, who forgets to pay attention to his wife while he blows his money away like it's just paper and nothing more.

John Hughes, writer of `Vacation' and `Christmas Vacation,' did NOT return to the keyboard for this one; someone else wrote it. I think, however, that the writer of `Vegas Vacation' wrote the script well; the jokes are plentiful and enjoyable. It's nowhere near as bad as some comedy sequels get (i.e. `Police Academy' sequels).

Many people really hated `Vegas Vacation,' saying that is was just not funny. But no one can tell me they didn't laugh - or even chuckle - at this film. I understand that it is not as good as the first film, but to tell you the truth, I used to have a hard time choosing a favorite - the three films (`Vegas,' `Christmas,' and the original - NOT counting the `European' sequel) are so different and funny that it really is hard to choose. However, `Vegas' is more familiar to the first film than the sequel(s), and it's a bit easier to compare. When I look closely at them, I decide (a) the first film was a first, and no one had ever experienced Clark Griswold before; (b) the jokes are a bit better and (c) the cast was a bit younger back then and could go for more physical gags. In the new film, Clark swings over the Hoover Dam, and it looks like Chevy really strained himself doing some of the physical stuff (even if it means dangling over a green screen).

All in all, I feel that `Vegas Vacation' is a very underrated comedy. I really, really enjoyed it, and had a fun time watching it. It's always nice to take another visit to the Griswold family, and I'm up for another sequel (perhaps John Hughes should write the next one?).

3.5/5 stars -


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rate the Vacation films from best to worst franchise5000
Better than European Vacation. kevinw8305
Homage to Previous Vacations makawahi
That Irritating BJ Dealer QNTMLPR
only vacation movie without a curse Swad102
black man with shaved head and ponytail mumford_roger
Discuss Vegas Vacation (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?