National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation

Year: 1997
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Stephen Kessler
Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverley D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Wayne Newton
While not the funniest of the Vacation franchise, Vegas returned the idea to the original tone to a larger extent than the previous films.

Of course, that depends on how much you like the character of Cousin Eddie (Quaid), because when the Griswolds hit the road for Las Vegas, it takes them right by the inbred relatives former nuclear test site trailer home and he becomes Clark's (Chase) point man, the Laurel to his Hardy, and the laughs aren't all left to Chase's smiling, goofy, good-natured but terminally unlucky Dad.

It's less about the trip and more about the destination this time as the family hits America's playground, all of them going off in their own directions and setting up a series of humourous episodes. Rusty falls in with the local mob, Audrey teams up with Eddie's daughter Vickie to become a popular stripper, Ellen (D'Angelo) finds herself wooed by Wayne Newton and Clark manages to blow the family fortune falling into a deeper gambling problem hole from which Eddie offers to help him out.

Good, ineffectual laughs, but for some reason I find the line by the Hoover damn tour guide among the funniest in movie history - 'Welcome to the damn tour, take all the damn pictures you want, now are there any damn questions?'

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