starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: After feeling like he's failed his family's expectations, a pilot decides to take his family on a trip to a theme park, just like his own dad used to. But after four days in a car together, the family may not have bonded as he'd hoped.
This is both number 6 in the series and the first of the reboot series.
This is one of those films that you've got to love simply because it's in direct line to the original. There is a scene that is straight up an inside joke, where the lead character is talking about the "original vacation" and his oldest son comments on not having known about it, with the dad's response being that it's same but different because that one had "a boy and a girl and this one has two boys."
I nearly choked from laughing so hard with the scene where Chris Hemsworth did the underwear scene. I don't know how he did that with a straight face. There is also a fairly funny scene between the father and oldest son's characters, when the son ask a question about sex that the dad can't seem to answer, which leads to a strange misunderstanding later on.
The chemistry between Helms and Applegate was spot on, I could see the rebooted series working simply on the strength of their characters alone.
But I have to say, Chevy Chase has less then five minutes of air time and he still manages to steal the show.
what do I think I learned? Every family is insane.