Vegas Vacation (DVD, 2003)
When Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) gets a large bonus as a company reward for inventing a new food preservative, he and his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) decide that the money would best be spent on a good old-fashioned family vacation. But when kids Rusty (Ethan Embry) and Audrey (Marisol Nichols) bicker over the destination, the only place that gets unanimous reviews from the family is a Las Vegas vacation.
Flying to Vegas, the family experiences a series of pitfalls that threatens to tear them apart forever. Clark becomes a gambling addict (even gambling on rock-paper-scissors and a guy doing a "I'm thinking of a number between one and ten" routine at a low-rent casino), Ellen becomes the target of Wayne Newton's seduction, underage Rusty becomes a gambling superstar under the false identity of Nicholas Pappagiorgio, and Audrey tries her hand in exotic dancing after a rendezvous with her stripper cousin Vicki... Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) makes another show-stealing performance as the redneck, dumber-than-a-doorknob relative, and he shadows Clark around the casinos generously imbibing his beverage of choice - a thirty-ounce can of Busch Light.
The funniest scenes in the film involve Eddie (as always) and his trailer trash family, now living in a trailer on a parcel of land Eddie purchased cheap because it's a burial ground for nuclear waste. And Rusty's various exploits under the alias of Nic Pappagiorgio are extremely amusing. Meeting up with a group of quasi-mafia, professional gamblers, Rusty enjoys the massages, comp suites, and various frills associated with the biggest names in the business. Vegas Vacation is just downright funny. If you liked the earlier films, don't miss this one...
Continuing the stellar reputation of the Vacation film series, Vegas Vacation is pure entertainment fun from beginning to end. Chevy Chase is up to his usual antics, and Wayne Newton turns in a classic performance in his role as Griswold home-wrecker. Family friendly, Vegas Vacation is a comedy made for both parents and children alike. And its role as yet another show-stopper in the long-line of Griswold comedies makes Vegas Vacation a definite must-see...
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Love the Griswolds? You'll Love Vegas Vacation!
This movie comes nearly 20 years after the original National Lampoons Family Vacation (a classic!) and I loved every minute. I've watched Vegas Vacation so many times I've memorized every line. If you love the Griswold Family, Chevy Chase or the Vegas, you'll love Vegas Vacation. It pokes fun at the gambling, vegas, the Griswolds, Chevy Chase and many others... making for a belly-aching, laugh-out-loud movie that is plenty of fun.
Vegas Vacation Cast:
Beverly D'Angelo, Chevy Chase, Christie Brinkley, Randy Quaid, Wallace Shawn
Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase .... Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr.
Beverly D'Angelo .... Ellen Priscilla Ruth Smith Griswold
Randy Quaid .... Cousin Eddie
Ethan Embry .... Russell 'Rusty' Griswold
Marisol Nichols .... Audrey Griswold
Miriam Flynn .... Cousin Catherine
Shae D'Lyn .... Cousin Vicki
Wayne Newton .... Himself
Siegfried Fischbacher .... Himself (as Siegfried)
Roy Horn .... Himself (as Roy)
Wallace Shawn .... Marty
Sid Caesar .... Mr. Ellis
Julio Oscar Mechoso .... Limo Driver
Sly Smith .... Mirage Security Guard
Julia Sweeney .... Mirage Reception Person
Great Vegas Vacation Quotes:
Rusty: I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car. I put a dollar in, I got a car.
Clark Griswold: How did you win four cars?
Rusty: You know, put in a dollar, win a car. Put in another dollar, win another car...
Clark Griswold: Give me the keys. Audrey, you drive the white one; Ellen, the red one
Clark Griswold: , Rusty, you drive the Mustang, and I'll drive the big, black one
Clark Griswold: . After you, Mr. Papagiorgio.
Ellen Griswold: [Clark and Ellen have found Rusty] Russell Griswold! You get out of that hot tub right now!
Girl in Hot Tub: I'm sorry, you have the wrong person. This is Mr. Papagiorgio.
Ellen Griswold: His name's not Papagiorgio! It's Rusty Griswold and he's a C+ student!
Clark Griswold: [Clark and Ellen have found Audrey dancing at the Club Aereola] Audrey! What are you doing? Ten years of tap dancing lessons and this is the way you repay us?
Audrey Griswold: What? You told me to get a summer job!
Rusty: Isn't there legalized prostitution in Vegas?
Cousin Eddie: I haven't seen a beatin' like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose.
Clark Griswold: Thanks for the pick me up Eddie
Rusty: Holy crap, Wayne Newton's hittin' on Mom!
Clark Griswold: It's all part of the act, Russ.
Wayne Newton: You got a lovely wife, Clark.
Clark Griswold: Yes, that's why I entered into the sacred bonds of marriage with her.
Cousin Eddie: It is a blazer out there. You're lucky you got air conditioning in here like mother nature intended.
Clark Griswold: Eddie, has anyone ever told you you're bad luck?
Cousin Eddie: Those were my mother's dying words. But I guess if your body's covered in third degree burns, and your foot's caught in a bear trap, you tend to start talkin' crazy.
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