New ‘Vacation’ movie: 6 ways it pays homage to the original

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‘Vacation': Road trip comedy goes downhill, reviews say.

The Wednesday number includes $1.2 million from preview showings on Tuesday night. As we hear Holiday Road, the Lindsey Buckingham song that accompanied the original National Lampoon’s Vacation, we’re treated to a slideshow of cringe-worthy family photos.The Ed Helms-helmed (been waiting years for that one) hits theaters this week, so what better occasion could we use to dig up all the fun trivia bits you never knew about everyone’s favorite tale of family vacation gone wrong? The raunchy comedy, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, has a two-day head start on Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The first-day number signals that “Vacation” may fall short of recent projections of an opening of about $30 million over five days at 3,310 theaters. “Vacation,” which carries a relatively modest $31 million budget, does not represent a big risk for New Line. Where the 1983 film opened with cheesy postcards, 2015’s version replaces them with a parade of embarrassing or humiliating vacation snapshots – a hint of what’s to come.

Boris Vallejo’s hyper-realistic oil rendering of a musclebound Chevy Chase is a great parody of similar posters then seen plastered across theaters, advertising the likes of Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian. Come to see Ed Helms play Rusty Griswold (the fifth actor to play the role in five movies), stay for another trip to Wally World in the Family Truckster.

Ed Helms plays the grown-up Rusty Griswold, who decides to take his own family to the fictional California theme park Walley World — with disastrous results. In the middle of the go-go Eighties, the story penned by John Hughes and directed by Harold Ramis presented a nuclear family in danger of going critical as it made its way to the Walley World theme park. The new Vacation — which as Rusty jokes in the film’s most meta moment will “stand on its own” — includes a surfeit of callbacks and references to the 1983 original (including appearances from Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, as Clark and Ellen Griswold), but none as big as the use of Lindsey Buckingham’s theme song, “Holiday Road.” Both the original and two covers are played in the new movie.

The Wagon Queen Family Truckster – with its eight headlights and extensive wood paneling – was itself a parody of automotive trends prevalent in the U.S. at the time. Despite a strong cast and a few solid laughs, Goldstein and Daley don’t succeed at the task, relying too much on unexamined nostalgia and vile gross-out gags.” Keegan adds that the female characters (played by Christina Applegate and Leslie Mann) are underused, and that “where the original ‘Vacation’ relied on slapstick for its laughs, the new film is dragged down by something grosser and more hostile.” In one of the more positive reviews, the Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr calls “Vacation” an “over-the-top, often hilarious homage to the original” that’s “also completely divorced from the reality that made the first so perfect.” Bahr continues: “Everything is done all-out, and there’s a charm in that even when it doesn’t quite work. … It moves quickly, it’ll keep a smile on your face … and it will draw out hearty laughs along the way. Pond’s downcast cover, which could have been used on an episode of The O.C. but wasn’t, gets played when the Griswolds arrive at Clark and Ellen’s house after a bunch of road-trip related set backs. Steve Griswold (yes, that’s his actual name) and his family lovingly restored and modified a 1984 Country Squire into a picture-perfect replica of the car from the film. Daley and Goldstein have gotten the manic, screwball tone down to a near-science.” The Village Voice’s Stephanie Zacharek says, “The new but not necessarily improved [‘Vacation’] is here to make you feel either very old or very relieved you weren’t around when the first one, or any of its sequels, hit.

James is the older son who dreams of Jack Kerouac while being bullied by his younger brother Kevin, a fouled-mouthed terror who apparently attended a finishing school run by Andrew Dice Clay. Zac Brown Band’s straightforward cover is used during the closing credits, perhaps to signal that while we’re no longer inside our father’s version of Vacation, we’re at least on its same travel route. Seuss contraption shared among Hollywood studios called the Unfunny-izer, hauled out and set to sputtering when it comes time for the latest depressing remake of a comedy. The AC unit broke at 2 AM but what do you expect for $64 a night. #truckster #griswoldvacation #walleyworld #roadtrip #route66 #VacationMovie #wigwammotel In particular, Ramis had the film’s scene in St.

Louis in mind, which he referred to in the DVD commentary as “the most politically incorrect sequence I’ve ever shot,” adding that it “dehumanizes everyone involved.” Vacation was based off a short story Hughes wrote for National Lampoon in 1979, called “Vacation ’58.” He and Hall would go on to make Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science together. Though Brinkley’s role in the film only required her to be around for a fraction of the film’s shoot, she traveled with the crew throughout the four-state, 15-location shoot, using her off time to go whitewater rafting and horseback riding. Though the far-off views of Walley World were created with matte paintings, the roller coaster scene was shot at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. This time, when a pretty gal in a Ferrari smiles at Helms’ Rusty, she’s quickly sacrificed for a laugh – funny, but a little cruel; a common thread in a film where the comedy often curdles.

Repeated takes caused most of the actors to show genuine nausea and terror: Dana Barron says she took motion sickness pills and passed out on the park’s benches between takes. Ramis claimed that the temperature in California that day was 105 degrees, and the pavement at the Santa Anita Racetrack (where they filmed the parking lot scene) was a scorching 130 degrees. The film’s ending was re-shot four months later – the original didn’t do well with test audiences – and Hall went through puberty in the interim, growing three inches.

The humour has a darker edge than the original, so when Chase and co-star Beverly D’Angelo make their requisite cameo, it feels as awkward as the photos that bookend the revamped flick.

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