Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vegas Vacation (1997)

Director: Stephen Kessler

Writers: Elisa Bell, Bob Ducsay

Composer:  Joel McNeely

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Ethan Embry, Marisol Nichols, Miriam Flynn, Shae D'lyn, Wayne Newton, Siegfried Fischbacher, Roy Horn, Wallace Shawn, Sid Caesar, Sly Smith, Julia Sweeney, Christie Brinkley

More info: IMDb

Tagline: This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

Plot: In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably.

Man, did this get trashed when it came out.  I saw it in the theater way back when but I didn't think it was THAT bad.  There are some slow spots like spending a little too much time with Siegfried and Roy but it's not exactly a pace killer.  There are some great gags mixed throughout.  The stuff with Wallace Shawn as the luckiest blackjack dealer is great and it's mostly because of what he brings to the table.  Ahahahahahahahaha.  The casino with the alternative games is hilarious and Wayne Newton has a gas poking fun at himself, but the absolute best part of the film is near the end with Sid Caesar.  He brings all of the heart of the picture and puts it into that one moment.  He's funny and touching and it just goes to show how much talent he had.  Looking at his credits from that time it's a damn shame he wasn't in more pictures, a damn shame.  Overall I enjoyed the film.  It's goofy fun and there are enough truly funny moments to make it worthwhile.  I don't think I've ever seen the first one all the way through, I sort of liked parts of the second and CHRISTMAS VACATION was hilarious.  The Warner Bros. DVD has the film in anamorphic widescreen and the only extra (besides text bios) is the theatrical trailer (also anamorphic widescreen).  I'm shocked that there's not a Blu-ray set of all the films or even a DVD set.

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