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Vegas Vacation (1997) (2003)

Chevy Chase , Randy Quaid , Stephen Kessler  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Wayne Newton, Ethan Embry
  • Directors: Stephen Kessler
  • Writers: Elisa Bell
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, Susan Ekins, Matty Simmons
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AVH9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,151 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another funny Griswold vacation... December 23, 2000
Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo put together another hilarious Griswold family vacation. While Ellen (D'Angelo) is busy falling for Wayne Newton, Clark (Chase) continues to screw things up by gambling away all of their vacation money. Eddie (Randy Quaid) somehow manages to meet up with the Griswold's again, continuing to act like a neanderthal. Rusty becomes a high roller and Audrey gets a hangover.
If you liked the previous Vacation movies, I recommend Vegas Vacation. Even though it was not as good as Christmas Vacation, it is worth adding to your collection.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Outing with the Griswolds March 20, 2005
Usually when a movie series becomes a "franchise" (i.e. produces multiple sequels), it loses much of the momentum that launched the "franchise" to begin with. Such is not the case with "Vegas Vacation" - the fourth installment of the "Vacation" franchise (the others being "Vacation", "European Vacation", and "Christmas Vacation"). 1997's "Vegas Vacation" was the first "Vacation" movie in 8 years (the previous one being 1989's "Christmas Vacation") and it makes it well worth the wait. The nice thing about this movie is that it basically continues a very successful formula that had been adopted for the previous three movies - and makes it work well.

There is one big change for "Vegas Vacation" - John Hughes is not back as the head writer. Hughes was the head writer for the previous three "Vacation" movies. Hughes was also one of the most successful writers and producers of the 1980s - involved with such hits as "The Breakfast Club", "Pretty in Pink", "Ferris Beuller's Day Off", "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles", "Weird Science", and the "Home Alone" movies. I was skeptical at first a "Vacation" movie could work without Hughes. However, Elisa Bell and Bob Ducsay don't drop the ball at all. They are able to keep to the integrity of the "Vacation" franchise. They are able to do this by continuing to work with the nucleus of actors that made this movie what it is - Chevy Chase (Clark Griswald), Beverly D'Angelo (Ellen Griswold), and Randy Quaid (Cousin Eddie). Despite using the fourth different set of actor/actresses to play the Griswold Children, nothing seems to miss a beat as we immediately come to accept Rusty and Audrey Griswold early in the movie.

The premise for the film is that Clark gets a big bonus and extra-time off from work for patent on a food preservative.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
While National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation remains the funniest of the entire series, Vegas Vacation has a lot of laughs that is sure to please its audiences. This time, Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey are off to Las Vegas, where Clark plans on renewing his wedding vows to Ellen. However, the inevitable temptation to gamble becomes too much for Clark, and he begins to squander all of his money, delving into his savings. Meanwhile, his wife is being courted by Wayne Newton, his son is posing as a married man from Uma, and his daughter becomes a club dancer. And what would a vacation movie be without good ol' cousin Eddie, played by the hilarious Randy Quaid? This time, he's living in a mobile home on a former H-bomb test site, and he offers his help to Clark after he loses all of his money. While it is clear that some of the laughs are missed from th previous films, this one does not fail to please, giving more laughs than you would think and keeping the entertainment alive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A underrated comedy November 11, 2001
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I don't see where are all the negative reviews are coming from, this movie was great!I wasn't a big fan of the National Lampoon series but one day I caught this movie on cable and I couldn't stop laughing.I ran out and bought it, I love this movie!Chevy Chase as Clark losing all their money gambling, Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen being wooed by Mr.Entertainment Wayne Newton.The kids in this film were wonderful also.Randy Quaid reprising his role as Cousin Eddie, at the $1.00 something buffet is too funny.If you want to just have fun watching a movie for 2 hours then this is the right movie for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Vacation movie ever! March 16, 2000
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I thought Vegas Vacation was hilarious! It was alot better than the others. My friend and I saw it in the theaters and when we walked out right after the show we were saying we have got to go buy this movie when it hits on video it's awesome! Chevy Chase is funny. Yes, the acting is horrible but the movie is good. I give it 10 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Vegas' has it's moments - good and bad January 10, 2003
It is the same story, the Griswolds are off to wreak havoc on another city. This time Clark decides to take the whole family to Las Vegas so he and Ellen can renew their wedding vows for their anniversary. They manage to leave their unique Griswold touch on most Vegas institutions, like a Seigfried and Roy show, a Wayne Newton show and the Hoover Dam. Most of the comedic highlights in this movie come either when the ultimate white-trash, cousin Eddie is onscreen or when Clark is at the blackjack table.

My favorite part of this movie is Ethan Embry as the most dimwitted Russ to date. He buys a fake ID, becomes a high roller and wins 4 cars gambling. I would recommend renting this movie, but not buying it, the 'bonus' features are light.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not the original, but the formula still works June 20, 2001
Maybe I have a bias because I live and work in Las Vegas (vacationed here 5 times in 6 years before making the final move), but this Vacation movie does grow on you. A lot of the cheap shots they take at Vegas itself---i.e., the scortching weather, the exotic dancer business catering to young bimbos, the aggrandizing and self-indulgence of one Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton---are funny sometimes because there is a little bit of truth to the zingers.
Outside of the Vegas jokes, the Griswold clan is funny on its own. Led by the slapsticking Clarke Griswold (Chevy Chase), the family runs into spats of outrageous luck, and outrageous nonsense. They really should be the poster-child family for Las Vegas, because those dual qualities mirror the qualities of this unique American city.
Beverly D'Angelo, playing Ellen Griswold, only seems to become more attractive. There's a clever cameo by the supermodel, (Christie Brinkley) who had her debut in the first Vacation movie, and it lets the audience know just how much time has passed since the film series began.
Chevy Chase is predictable in his role as the well-meaning, and often clumsy father who only wants to give his family the perfect vacation experience. For Chase fans, this is the kind of movie you have come to expect from him (outside of those two Fletch efforts), and you will not be disappointed.
I would buy this DVD and add it to my Vacation collection. It may not be as good as the first, but it is certainly better than the 2nd, and probably just a little less laugh-out-loud funny than the third, so-called Christmas Vacation.
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Vegas Wedding Scene
To make the movie more stupid? How about Rusty or Cousin Eddie getting hooked up with a big star or something? Wouldn't that have been funnier? I think Clark and Ellen were just renewing their vows, but since getting a quickie marriage in Vegas is a cliche, it of course had to be in this movie.
Dec 18, 2007 by SportingBlue |  See all 3 posts
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