This new Vacation movie, now the 5th film in this sort-of beloved franchise, when really everybody only remembers two of the films, tells the story of Rusty Griswold (Ed Helmes). The son of our previous protagonist, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), now has a wife (Christine Applegate) and a family of his own. The problem is that they're not really getting along as well as he hoped. The sons are constantly fighting and he and Debbie, his wife, are starting to do the same old thing time and time again. Hoping to bond, and much to the reluctance of the rest of his family, Rusty has the idea to recreate his family holiday from when he was a child and for them to go and visit Wally World. And then literally the exact same plot as the first film occurs, but look guys, the filmmakers know that so it's self aware, right? Right?!?!
The thing is, I don't feel like this film was originally written to be self aware. Like I said, there's literally only one scene in the entire movie where they do a little wink towards the audience and say "hey, look at us. We're making fun of reboots and remakes." They're not making fun of them at all. 22 Jump Street made fun of sequels. This is the thing that they were making fun of. This new Vacation follows the original film plot beat by plot beat, even taking the time to steal a joke or two or seven. Remember that scene in the original where Chevy Chase is waving to an attractive woman in the car next to his? HAHAHAHA WE STOLE IT, BUT ADDED MORE DESTRUCTION!!! Remember when the Griswold's car breaks in the middle of nowhere? HAHAHAHA WE STOLE IT, BUT ADDED MORE DESTRUCTION!!! Remember when... okay, you get the point.
Vacation's opening credits run over a series of catastrophic photos from different vacations. Not different Vacation movies, but literally random vacations random people around the world took. The sad part about it is that it's probably the funniest part of this movie, and when the funniest part of your movie isn't even an actual part of your movie, you should probably start to reconsider this movie's existence. For every joke that hit, three cringe worthy jokes followed. This new Vacation movie is painfully uneven. You should just spend your money on seeing Inside Out for the seventeenth time. Or save your money for more visits to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.