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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
Although it was Executively Produced by Matty Simmons, it was the only Vacation movie in the franchise (starring Chevy Chase) not to feature "National Lampoon's" in its title. It would take another six years for the Direct-to-DVD spin-off film Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003) to be released, and be credited as "National Lampoon's". See more »
On the multiple occasions that Marty revealed a Blackjack (21) with the ace being the visible card, he hadn't offered Clark insurance, which is what a dealer is supposed do do when they are showing an ace. See more »
That's it Clark... show him who's boss. It's people like you who come here and blow the family nest egg that built this town... not this pretty boy!
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The opening credits are played over Clark driving home from work, happily singing along to a Beach Boys tune, driving very carelessly. See more »
The final installment to the Griswald family's madcap misadventures,
they're just as funny as the other three outrageous film before this
one, as Clark, Ellen, Audrey and Rusty are out to stir trouble for
themselves and everyone else surrounding them only this time the stakes
are higher in the 1997 film "Vegas Vacation." The laughs are gut-
bursting, and the hot Nevada desert is the perfect resort to capture
just how zany and outrageous the Griswalds can be. Sure it's good to
watch one in a blue moon, after seeing the same gags over and over
again, it does loses its flavour like a piece of chewing gum and you
can easily become bored after a while.
The film is truly a follow-up to "Christmas Vacation" as Clark finally
got his big bonus from his marketing business after his newly invented
cereal bars are a success and decides to use his money to his advantage
and brings his wife and kids with him where they'll go on a frenzy
gambling and living the life on Easy Street. During their stay, the
Griswalds venture on their own to see what fortune comes their way.
Such scenes involves legendary crooner Wayne Newton trying to get it on
with Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo). Clark and the kids have their moments as
Sure the Griswald family follow the same path as the other three
installments, but that's because of their inept ways of life, they have
managed to make us laugh. We all come to see them struggle, fail and
try to move up only to still remain left behind, but we love them for
that and that is what keeps their fans from coming into theatres for.
We were all shocked to see Clark as he dangles off Hoover Dam and
crashing through Wayne Newton's house with the van.
The movie is very rich because the film is unpredictable. You think
that they slowed the tempo down in "Christmas Vacation", but think
again, the falls, the slapstick humour is still effective as we await
for every gag to takes its shape and every way for the Griswalds to
bend it. The laughs continue and never gets bored the first time seeing
it at least, but after multiple viewing it loses its flavour like
Clark and the gang had their moments of laugh-till-your-stomach- bursts
moments, however, the funniest scenes will involve the funniest
supporting player to the Griswold clan. I'm talking about Randy Quaid's
Cousin Eddie. From the first and third installments (he wasn't in
"European Vacation"), he was always a dynamic character and the reason
why is that even though he's dumber than rocks, his heart is in the
right place and looks out for Clark even in the the most dire
situations. But his redneck ways and caring charm puts a light touch to
This film isn't without its weaknesses. For one thing if you seen the
other three Griswald adventures you seen them all. The madcap over-
the-top slapstick humour has been done many times before and many times
better. Even the dialogue and the facial expressions have all been
executed in the very same pattern. But hey, what do I expect this film
was going to be, a life-changing drama? Hell, no this is "National
Lampoon" baby, so the film should be about overdosing in slapstick
comedy so why spoil a good thing.
Another fault is why was Wayne Newton playing a pivotal part in the
film. Sure he's a respective singer and I would have been okay if he
played a cameo role in the film. But as a supporting character, he was
just plain awful. He was just playing himself, a sleazy Vegas singer
who had the hots for Ellen.
Usually in the other three films I laughed with the family, but in
"Vegas Vacation", I couldn't help but feel sorry for them, especially
from the kids (who looked too old to play the parts of Audrey and
Rusty). The lack of chemistry is missing in this film because the kids
and the parents seem to go their own separate ways. I thought it
angered me that Clark kept forgetting his daughter's name most of the
time (making her feel like the black sheep of the family a la Meg
Griffin from "Family Guy"). I also felt that there was a lot of
parental negligence as the kids Audrey and Rusty found themselves in
dangerous predicaments. It was also very angering that Clark spent over
$23,000 of his bonus money on gambling when he should have done as he
promised in "Christmas Vacation" was to install a swimming pool. It
made me think where's social services when you need them feeling I got.
Surely a family could not have been this dysfunctional. But though it
all it still succeeds in providing you with non-stop gags and having
you laughing the whole way through.
Overall this movie is by far a terrible movie. The laughs are plentiful
and you'll surely have a good time and Randy Quaid was wonderful as
Cousin Eddie. I would recommend it as a comedy and really nothing more
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