The Movie Snob does some penance.
Vacation (D-). I occasionally get some flak for holding myself out as a movie critic when I have missed so many classic movies. Well, the other night I addressed that deficiency by watching this well-known, if not exactly “classic,” comedy from the 1980s. As the grade indicates, I was not amused. Well, I think I laughed twice; that’s why I didn’t give the movie an F. Chevy Chase (TV’s Community) stars as a hapless everyman who tries to drive his family from Chicago to Los Angeles to visit an amusement park called Walley World. Chase’s bumbling shtick is not funny; in fact, virtually nothing in this crude movie is funny. How director Harold Ramis went on to direct the true classic Groundhog Day is an utter mystery. Trivia: the screenplay was by John Hughes, who went on to direct movies like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Eugene Levy, who went on to greater fame in movies like American Pie and Best in Show, has a small role as a car salesman. I can hardly believe it, but a 14-year-old Jane Krakowski (TV’s 30 Rock and Ally McBeal) appears in the movie as cousin Vickie. And Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac performed the song over the opening credits, plus one more song later on. None of which is meant to imply that you should waste 98 minutes of your life on this movie.