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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Occasionally funny but mostly crude, rude, and forgettable.

Movie R 2015 99 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 18+

There is laughter, jokes, bonding and you never stop laughing

A very funny comedy, not everything, has to be an academy award nomination. The brother's bullying was hilarious, and Hemsworth was just LOL, great casting, and great jokes.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 12+
Mature 12 year olds will understand the jokes But there is a lot of swearing from the little brother with little or no consequences

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19):
Kids say (51):

You'll likely have a few laughs watching this movie, but they're coming at the cost of base, gross-out, juvenile, sexual jokes. Although there's no doubt that the original Vacation was crass, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo (who make a brief appearance here) made most of the franchise memorable; but the new version -- despite a talented cast -- tries so hard to be provocative that the gags feel over-the-top and forced. The sequence of Debbie chugging an entire pitcher of beer and then proceeding to projectile vomit her way through a sorority obstacle course is especially gross, as are the references to rape, pedophilia, incest, and sex acts.

That's not to say that audiences won't laugh. Charlie Day pops up as a suicidal white-water rafting guide who leads the Griswolds on a killer (and admittedly hilarious) ride. Other actors -- like Norman Reedus, Michael Pena, and Keegan Michael Key, as well as Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth as, respectively, Rusty's sister, Audrey, and her attractive (and ridiculously endowed) husband, Stone -- also add much-needed relief from the brothers' squabbling and Helms' clueless attempts at family bonding.

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