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First VACATION Trailer Stands on Its Own

There wasn’t a lot of hoopla around the idea of a new Vacation movie, but after Warner Bros. shifted the release date up to July and an impressive showing at last month’s CinemaCon, the buzz is starting to build. With the release of the first red band trailer, the rest of us get our first taste of the new Vacation.

Ed Helms stars as a grown up Rusty Griswold, who wants to get his family out of a rut by recreating the same trip he took as a boy to Wally World. Christina Applegate plays his wife, Leslie Mann Rusty’s sister Audrey, and Chris Hemsworth, a.k.a. Thor, appears as Audrey’s husband, walking around in his underwear, showing off an entirely different kind of hammer.

There are a few callbacks to the original Vacation, with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprising their roles, footage from the original classic, some updated jokes, and in true, meta-21 Jump Street from, the new Griswold family argues over redoing Rusty’s “vacation from 30 years ago,” yet this one will be “completely different.”

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Written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, co-writers of Horrible BossesVacation seems to tread on some familiar territory as their previous collaboration, but seeing that they’re in the running to direct Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot, executives must have liked what they’ve seen, though the first trailer doesn’t give us a whole lot to go on.

Featuring the stock “let’s set up the entire premise” footage and some funny jokes, the Vacation trailer is the first step in introducing a new generation to the Griswold clan, but the verdict is still out if there’s enough interest to merit a European Vacation reboot anytime soon.

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Ryan Hill

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Ryan Hill used to spend his time writing screenplays into a notebook instead of doing homework. That love of film and all things storytelling led him to spend most of his time writing. He's been a film critic in North Carolina for over five years, and his debut novel, THE BOOK OF BART, is out now. Please buy it. Ryan also feels odd about referring to himself in the third person.