Vacation finds Ed Helms inheriting the role of Rusty Griswold from National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). Now grown, married and with a family of his own, he is worried that his kids are stagnating. So Rusty decides to pack James (Skyler Gisondo), Kevin (Steele Stebbins) and wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) on a cross-country trip to Walley World, the theme park his own father tried to reach years before.
And what would a Vacation movie be without that very father, as Rusty stops in to visit Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D'Angelo) on their way, along with a drop-in on Rusty's sister Audrey (Leslie Mann) and her hubby, Stone Crandall (Chris Hemsworth).
The tone here seems predominantly winking references to the original with a dash of millennial uncertainty about what it actually was, and a helping of jokes about bodily functions. Not to mention the expected use of Chris Hemsworth's (Thor) natural advantages along with his comic timing, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen either of the Avengers movies.
With Keegan-Michael Key (Let's Be Cops), Nick Kroll (Date Night), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses), Regina Hall (Scary Movie) and Kaitlin Olson (The Heat) in the cast, the new Vacation arrives on 21 August.