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'Vegas Vacation (1997)' Movie Review: Don't gamble

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'Vegas Vacation (1997)' Movie Review: Don't gamble


Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) has that feeling once again. He longs for the open road. He yearns for the Hotels and Motels and the swimming pools for late night dips. It's time for a vacation.

Clark and Ellen (Beverly D' Angelo) and the kids Audrey and Rusty ( Marisol Nichols and Ethan Embry) are headed to Vegas. Clark has just invented a food preservative and has received a hefty bonus check from work. Now once in Vegas they all settle down and look forward to gambling and eating and sight seeing. Clark is out walking and who should he run into but cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid). Eddie and the family have recently moved to the Vegas area and running into Eddie would seem like a good thing but hey it never is.

Now this wouldn't be a Vacation movie without Clark destroying something. Here he destroys Hoover Dam. While on a tour it is simply an accident but of course it was Clark who destroyed the dam.

Now while in Vegas they see the act Siegfried & Roy and enjoy it immensely. It's the Wayne Newton show that throws everything into a quandary. Ellen and Wayne hit it off but don't let me get ahead of the game. Oh did I mention that Clark went gambling and lost 22,000 dollars. Yeah and then he lost all of Eddie's savings. Yup, Eddie felt kind after all that Clark had done for him and gave him a wad of cash. Did I mention Audrey hanging out in a strip club. Maybe, did I mention Rusty is out gambling his money.

Yes, once again America's most dysfunctional family is at it again and it is Vegas baby. This is one movie that if you get up from viewing it you might miss something. So get your popcorn and soda before you start watching this one.

Director Stephen Kessler makes us all wish that when we go on Vacation we go the opposite way. This family is always good for a laugh or two but in the end they always realize they are all that they have and they are the Griswold's.


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