There are parts of even Vegas Vacation I think are hilarious, so I’ll never have doubts about a Vacation movie’s ability to make me laugh. That’s why, even though this Red Band trailer for the latest installment of the classic comedy franchise left me cringing more than smiling, I’m still hopeful.
Besides, I’ve heard that the new sequel, which is also a reboot simply titled Vacation (no National Lampoon’s, if that helps clarify), has been getting some great buzz around Hollywood. The word of mouth has even made directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein contenders for the next Spider-Man movie. Just imagine your friendly neighborhood superhero talking about rim jobs and glory holes and hanging out with Thor and his big penis.
One thing I keep telling myself to get over all the low points of the trailer, such as the gross-out sewage gag and the cartoonish nod to Christie Brinkley’s character in the original Vacation (here we get another Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Hannah Davis) is that at least it probably won’t be racist like the first movie. Coming from the guys who gave us the Horrible Bosses movies, though, who knows what kind of offensive material will be played for comedy?
In case you didn’t get it from the trailer, this installment welcomes back Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold, at least for a moment before they pass the torch onto the grown-up kids, Rusty and Audrey, now played by Ed Helms and Leslie Mann. Rusty decides to take his own family – wife played by Christina Applegate, sons Steele Stebbins and Skyler Gisondo – on a cross-country road trip to Walley World. Chris Hemsworth plays Audrey’s well-endowed show-off squeeze, Stone.
Vacation hits the holiday road to theaters on July 29th.