Vegas Vacation

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Lame National Lampoon with usual innuendo, drinking.

PG 1997 93 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 7+
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Surprisingly the cleanest entry in the Vacation series but more for pre-teens and up

Considering the Griswold's destination is Vegas you might think this would be the raciest film in the series but it is surprisingly the cleanest with a PG rating in contrast to the first film being rated R and the following 2 sequels being PG-13, but still this one is not for little kids, as there still is swearing (albeit much milder than the earlier films but still a lots of hells and damns and even one g----n), as well as innuendo and a subplot where the son of the Griswald's becomes a popular and underage gambler. So this movie could encourage messages that underage gambling is ok. It is best to discuss with your kids if you haven't already that there is no way this could happen in real life and discuss the dangers of gambling with them. This movie makes gambling look a lot more fun and rewarding than it is in real life. The dad blows his whole family savings trying to win against a blackjack dealer, which hopefully can get kids to understand the dangers of gambling. Additionally, there is a subplot of Wayne Newton hitting on Ellen Griswold and the family goes off alone through Vegas one day while she visits Wayne Newton alone and she even has dinner with him when she and Clark the dad, take a break from each other after having an argument. So this could encourage the wrong message that it is ok to spend time with someone romantically who likes another person even though they are married. Lastly the daughter of Randy Quaid is a cage dancer in a nightclub and gets the Griswold daughter into doing the same thing with her at one point catching her parents and brother by an unpleasant surprise. No nudity is shown (this is a PG movie after all) but the dancing is mildly suggestive and is something to be aware of. Although the Griswold's are not as immoral here as in the first Vacation film, (or even in Christmas Vacation) this one has its iffy content and while the previous films are best for the teenage and adult crowd this one at minimum is ok for pre-teens, but be prepared to discuss these content issues with your kids first.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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