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Vegas Vacation (1997)

PG | | Comedy | 14 February 1997 (USA)
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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.

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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 Anonymous

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This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

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

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National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$36,429,528 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Trivia

We learn in this Vacation film, from the scene where Clark proposes to Ellen, that Ellen's has two middle names: Pricilla and Ruth, and that her maiden name is Smith. See more »

Goofs

When Clark is shooting craps and he gets a 7 on the Come Out Roll, the Base Dealer nearest to Clark calls the number. That is the job of the stickperson. The Base Dealer near Clark is not even supposed to be looking at the other end of the table when the dice are thrown. See more »

Quotes

Clark Griswold: *Ellen switches off the TV* Hard six coming out.
Ellen Griswold: What?
Clark Griswold: Hit me. *Ellen slaps him in the dark*
Clark Griswold: Ow.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits list Sid Caesar's character as the generic title of "old man", even though the character is given a proper name, Mr. Ellis, in the film. See more »

Connections

Follows National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) See more »

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Written by Johnny Fiasco and Kellee Warren
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The Griswalds Parade In Vegas
14 November 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

"Vegas Vacation" makes no pretenses to be a good, hearty, intelligent piece of cinema: it features many critical, inexcusable flaws, such as: trafficking in mindless frivolity, some occasionally cheesy dialogue, and even wavers constantly from scene to scene without any means of resolution or connection. Yet, if you can ignore its many irksome qualities, the latest outing with the Griswalds is simply an outrageous, hilarious, and pleasurable romp of a movie. If you laugh at something senseless and absurd, such as Cousing Eddie babbling on about his worthless, pathetic existence, or Clark Griswald finding himself at the edge of the Hoover Dam, or even a busload of tourists crashing into the estate of "Mr. Las Vegas", Wayne Newton, so what? Where logic and reasoning are scarce behind the odds of the scenarios the Griswalds encounter, laughs are aplenty to make this one gleeful, jovial outing full of some really effective comedy. The idea of the dysfunctional Griswalds venturing to Vegas for yet another "family vacation" and finding themselves experiencing the whims of the city of entertainment in their own individual ways, with Clark being a hapless, compulsive gambler, Ellen having somewhat of an affair with Wayne Newton, Rusty hitting it rich at the casinos and masquerading as a "playboy", and Audrey aspiring to be an exotic dancer, how hilarious can it get? Couple this with the outrageous imbecilic likes of Cousin Eddie continuing to plague Clark's existence, and "Vegas Vacation" succeeds in delivering a royal flush of laughs. If it's silly and inane, if scenarios are too illogical for words, and if not everything really comes together by the end, at least you have plenty of funny material to laugh away at, and that makes for a jolly good outing, when you find yourself laughing consistently throughout the film, which warrants a solid recommendation for "Vegas Vacation". Hilarious! *** out of ****


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