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Do you want to go to Walley World? - The Vacation reviewed

The fifth instalment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series focusses on disenchanted Econoair pilot Rusty Griswald (Ed Helms) as he tries to re-enact his childhood holiday with his own family including wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) and two warring sons James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins)

In typical Lampoon style, this is no straight-forward holiday as they stop at various locations on the 2500 mile route to Walley World (where a young Rusty visited in the original 1983 movie).

Particular highlights en-route include a visit to Debbie’s sorority house where she picked up the unfortunate nickname of “Debbie Do Anything” and the character of Stone, who is played by Chris Hemsworth who shows off his rather impressive “six-pack”.

Particular kudos should be given to the brother combination of James and Kevin who are key to some of the funniest parts of the film, including the on-going war with a plastic bag. Their performance is terrifically realistic and will bring on flashbacks to your own sibling fights growing up.

It is clear from the opening credits, which features crude family pictures, that you’re in for a film full of gags and this is probably the first film in years where I’ve heard fellow cinema-goers gasping for air as they laughed at some of the real gross-out moments in the film.

Although packed with gross-out moments, this is a film with a little heart too as this is essentially a story of a family who just want to stay together and spend some quality time (although much of that quality time is spent in possibly the worst car in the world).

If you’re a fan of the original movies, you’ll probably appreciate this film more as I am informed that some of the on-screen jokes are actually references to the previous films – maybe that explains some of the whooping of the cinema audience.

Other reviews might criticise the film for its crass jokes but if it makes you laugh, who cares? This is a comedy that actually brings more than a snigger– a somewhat rarity in a world where people enjoy being offended by the smallest of things.

The Vacation is released in UK cinemas on 21st August 2015. 

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