I love the original "Vacation". It is still among the movies that have made me laugh hardest in my life. This reboot, however, has a much raunchier style of humor than the original. It provides for some really hilarious moments, however many of its laughs are based on shock value rather than genuine funniness.
The writing of the film is okay. It's pretty formulaic, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in this case, especially since it is supposed to be reminiscent of the original film, which it is. Very much like the original, a series of things go wrong, there is a family dilemma, they make up, and there is a happy ending.
The film does provide for some very funny moments, however. Ed Helms is almost always hilarious and he bring his charm and sarcasm to this film, and it fits very well. There are also funny cameos from Keegan Michael-Key, Charlie Day, Chris Hemsworth, and Ron Livingston. A lot of the funniest moments involve the personalities or reactions of these actors. Charlie Day's scene is probably the funniest in the film and makes me laugh every time that I think about it.
So overall, "Vacation" is a funny movie, but it is by no means great. It is a fun movie to watch if you don't really have anything better to do, but it's not something that you need to rush to see.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: HBO.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.