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The New Rusty Griswold For The VACATION Reboot Is...

The Kidd here...

Ed Helms is all set to become the new Rusty Griswold in New Line's reboot of VACATION, as this time it's Rusty taking his family on a road trip vacation of sorts that is sure to be the worst possible idea ever. I'm not entirely sure why Rusty would be putting himself through another one of these ordeals after his trips to Wally World, Europe and Las Vegas all turned out to be so disastrous, but I guess this can easily be chalked up to like father, like son. 

VACATION would head into production sometime next spring after Helms completes his obligations to THE HANGOVER PART III and the next season of THE OFFICE, per Variety, and, of course, there are still rumors of Chevy Chase making at least an appearance in the new film, as what's a VACATION movie without Clark Griswold?

Initially upon hearing the news, I thought Helms might have been too old to pull this off, but it happens he's ony 38, which is six years younger than Anthony Michael Hall who played the initial Rusty in the first VACATION, and four years older than Ethan Embry, who was Rusty in the last installment of VEGAS VACATION. Either way, Chevy Chase is actually 68, so the years work out that Ed Helms could realistically be Chevy Chase's son, so now it's up to co-directors/co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (writers of HORRIBLE BOSSES) to make sure this VACATION is funny and lives up to the standard that first film set. Granted, the sequels never were quite as good, yet still good for a few laughs, but it'd be a shame to see a film that either directly borrows beats from its predecessors or just doesn't get what made those VACATIONs funny to begin with.

At least from THE HANGOVER films, Helms is a target for bad shit to happen to, so he may fit right at home here, where everything that can go wrong will go wrong for the patriarch of the family. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • July 11, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    .... where's the Tylenol!

    by geeko2000

  • July 11, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Hangover III - WHY?

    by ATARI

  • July 11, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Hope it's good

    by brothamichael

    Loved the Vacation movies, good and bad, hope this works out!

  • July 11, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    oh yeah

    by brothamichael


  • July 11, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Chupa meu pau, seu filho da puta.

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Just something for the Google Translator. Cheers.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Another reboot?

    by lcworld

    I'm fond of the original. But sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots.... sigh..

  • July 11, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Fucking hate you all.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • July 11, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by mike

    I loved the humor in horrible bosses, I hope their are some great well used cameo's and a smart script thats not afraid to be raunchy, I think it could work.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Not a good choice. Helmes only plays 1 character...

    by happybunni

  • July 11, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I like this idea.

    by eric haislar

    No need in rebooting. Let Chevy come back for one last ride. I hope they don't make him a bumbling goof though. Rusty never was one in the original movies. Also could be a funny joke if Clark is looking at old photo's of the family trips and mentions the kids looking awkward at there age.

  • Christmas Vacation is still my favorite of the series, with the first one a very close second. Beverly D'Angelo showed off a great rack in that first movie.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by JediWuddayaknow

    Think about how they ended up, at least with Wally World and Vegas. Wally World, they get to ride every ride without waiting, basically getting a theme park to themselves. Awesome. Vegas? Rusty gets the family, what? 4 new, expensive cars? They totally came out ahead on that one!

  • July 11, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I never saw 1 vacation movie.

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Jeez how many were there? Which ones are worth checking out?

  • July 11, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Actually, Rusty had a pretty good time in Europe and Las Vegas.

    by Royston Lodge

    I don't see how Rusty could have any positive memories from the Wally World trip, but I can totally see him having fond, nostalgic memories about Europe and Vegas. The only person for whom every single vacation was a disaster is Clark.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    "Sequels were never quite as good"???

    by KoolerThanJesus

    Really? Christmas Vacation was at least on par with the original Vacation, if not better. European was forgettable, but Vegas had some pretty funny moments.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    They need that happy medium

    by indiebum

    It can't be a hard R, and it should not be too family friendly. I really hope they don't f--- this up. It sucks that these remakes are becoming the originals to a whole generation of idiots. At least our generation of idiots got the good stuff.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I've masturbate the hell out of myself with Beverly in the first one

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Good memories.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Holiday road.

    by jellypop

    Get Chevy back! Just get him back!

  • July 11, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by jellypop

    Don't watch the Christmas one. It stinks worse than a fanny fart.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    As long as Chevy is still Clark Griswold then

    by donkingkong

    I can deals. They did have different Rusty's after all. It'd be great to include Chevyy and Beverly D'Angelo in some capacity. Even though Chevy is an ornery sonuva gun I think he still has some chops as displayed on the hilarious Community. Vacation and Christmas Vacation I can watch a zillion times and not get tired of. seriously.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Will there be a Christie Brinkley cameo?

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 11, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Christmas is the best one after the Original

    by eric haislar

    What are you smoking?

  • July 11, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    The best Vacation sequel was The Great Outdoors.

    by Royston Lodge

  • July 11, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    oh my fucking god PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS


    not watching this horse shit. ed helms is annoying as fuck and nobody cares that you can play instruments you god damn retard.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    John Francis Daley should write a Freaks and Geeks reunion movie

    by Atticus Finch

    Love that show!

  • July 11, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Christmas Vacation is my favorite

    by thot

    The original I would rank as no. 2. Also enjoyed Vegas Vacation. Helms should be perfect for Rusty as he embarks on his own vacation adventures. Btw,,...Hangover II was horrible, but I know it made bank.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by DutchDrunk

    Are you shitting me? Lots of people still watch it every year at Christmas because it's just so fucking great. First one and Christmas Vacation are both equals in the funny.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    As good as the 1st "Vacation" was....

    by John Baranick

    I found the original short story (published in Nat'l Lampoon) to be more hilarious than the film version.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    the green gargantua

    by one9deuce

    I concur 100% about Beverly D'Angelo. Christie Brinkley is an attractive woman, and has the right qualities to be a model. But Beverly is the one giving me an erection and the one I'm fantasizing about fucking. That shower And fat rancor keeper, VACATION and CHRISTMAS VACATION are both classics and funny as hell. Watch them. EUROPEAN VACATION and VEGAS VACATION have their moments and some good laughs, but they're not on the same level.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    @erichaislar Christmas is the best one after the Original. FACT

    by donkingkong

    No sense arguing

  • July 11, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I lost much sperm over Beverly D'Angelo

    by Big Dumb Ape

    She was a fucking red hot babe and one of the all-time hottest MILFs that I'm sure many a teen had some impure thoughts about. It's safe to say I lost many a sperm over her back in the day!

  • July 11, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Atticus you are on to something

    by xcornealiousx

    12 years later in 1992 we catch up with our friends who attended McKinley High. I would kill to see Freaks and Geeks the reunion. Sadly I can't see Linda Cardlini and Jason Segal working together, unless they have buried the hatchet. And ya guys, Bev was a fox back in the day.

  • July 11, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    In a world full of worthless hacks, Ed Helms rules them all!

    by R Howell

    Everything the man has EVER done has been pure, unfiltered SHIT! He is HORRIBLE and USELESS on The Office, and the Hangover movies are the worst pieces of shit I have EVER seen!

  • July 11, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Fixed the newel post!!!!!

    by eric haislar

  • July 11, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Nice fit

    by Jackson

    I like it actually i think hes gonna do a good job, if the script delivers

  • July 11, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    ha that post was in reference to @jellypop. I guess i should have mentioned his name before hand oops. Just for the record Christmas IS the best one after the original. FACT!

  • July 11, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    On principle alone, I hope this fucking TANKS

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I hadn't even heard about this till just now, but I already don't give a shit. Who cares about a grown-up Rusty UNLESS it's actually a movie about a Grandfather or even Great Grandfather Clark having a huge ass family reunion/vacation at which point -- sure -- then you can bring in an adult Rusty. But adult Rusty going on vacation just to milk the franchise? Fuck, is Hollywood SO creatively bankrupt that it just can't stick Helm in some movie ABOUT going on Vacation without feeling a need to call him "Rusty" just so they can milk and ass rape the original films? Just on principle alone, I hope this fucking tanks and dies a miserable death and costs the studio millions in losses to teach them a fucking lesson. Sadly, it's a lesson they never learn from being the non-creative cunts that they are.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I think you're all fucked in the head!

    by eric haislar

    We're ten hours from the fucking fun park and you want to bail out. Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much fucking fun we'll need plastic surgeory to remove our godamn smiles. You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of you're assholes! I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose! Holy Shit!

  • July 11, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Should they kill off Clark?

    by chaseguy17

    He might be hands off, but it would be kind of funny to see everything come full circle and have Rusty's kids have to see their dead grandpa similar to the dead grandma in the original vacation.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    Not thrilled about this. Helms is not a leading man. He fumbled the Office promotion and Cedar Rapids was a snoozefest except when Heche was on the screen. They need Chevy and Randy Quaid to show up in this movie desperately for this to work at all. They don't have to be leads, but they need them to show up in the 2nd act and be part of the 3rd act or this is going to flop. And it should be R but we all know it won't.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Christmas Vacation is all time fav Christmas movie...classic!

    by xcornealiousx

    And yes second best to the original.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Christmas Vacation is the best!

    by billF

    But you have to have a Chevy somewhere in the movie.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Vacation: The Next Generacation

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    So now clear-cut sequels are "reboots" as well?

  • July 11, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    JellyPop's a grinch

    by Elwood Blues

    I can't think of any other reason why someone could hate Christmas Vacation, probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    In all honestly, Chevy needs to be part of the main Cast

    by chaseguy17

    It should be Rusty, his wife, his kids, and them all having to drag along grandpa. The bickering those two could do might be epic. They need a crazy senile Clark and maybe a couple of cameos from his now fatass wife.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Yes, theypeedonyourfuckingrug

    by Elwood Blues

    Yes, any sequel that comes out over 5 years after the original now is called a reboot. This is due to people in today's world of tweets and immediate gratification having the memory of a goldfish, and take more comfort in being able to watch a movie called a reboot so there's no fear in having to remember much of the originals.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    This is just a bunch of goddamn shit.

    by Brank Hud

    I'm sorry, but I am experiencing a moment of clarity, and this nothing but A BUNCH OF GODDAMN SHIT. Thank you.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Count me among those

    by George Zip

    who think that Beverly D'Angelo is way more boneworthy than Christie Brinkley. Oh, and I really wish it could have been Anthony Michael Hall reprising the role of Rusty. He was always the most memorable one.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    If Ed Helms is starring this will definitely tank

    by happybunni

  • July 11, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Beverly D'Angelo

    by eric haislar

    I would be her Sparky any day.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Was Anthony Michael Hall even considered for this?

    by Jason

    Last I checked, he's still alive.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    John Hughes and Chevy Chase are rolling their graves

    by SergeantStedenko

  • I can see Ed Helms going Clark crazy. I cannot see Anthony Michael Hall going Clark crazy.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Helms and my feelings about this

    by KevinMuller

    NO! This is going to be fucking bad...disrespectful not only to the originals but move goers in general. It is going to be PG-13 and not be edgy at all. Helms is a good actor. Watch him in "cedar rapids"

  • July 11, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Will Randy q

    by SergeantStedenko

  • July 11, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Christmas > Vacation 1 > European > Vegas

    by Stifler's Mom

    Ed Helms is actually a pretty inspired choice. He's been playing variations on that clueless nerdy Griswold persona for years.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by Kyle DeMattio

  • July 11, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by Xen11

    It should be Anthony Fucking Michael Hall . Chevy Chase shouldn't be making a fucking cameo, he should be the main fucking star. And it should be a sequel, not a fucking reboot. No Ed Helms. Try harder you fucking suits.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I'm not saying Hall would be better than Helms

    by Jason

    I'm just wondering if the bloke was even considered.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Only if Cousin Eddie is there ! ! !

    by Thomas

    "I haven't seen a beatin' like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose." C. Eddie

  • July 11, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    ChaseGuy17 -- YES. Anthony Michael Hall would MAKING FUCKING SENSE

    by Big Dumb Ape

    First, if you were going to do a grown Rusty, why not bring back THE Rusty and go all-out? Second, even though he's basically had a middling career doing lots of TV stuff and whatnot, people still KNOW who he is -- they recognize his face on a basic level. So if you cast Helms, it really does feel like "Oh look, the HANGOVER guy is doing a VACATION" movie versus if you had Hall doing it, then you'd be saying "Fuck yeah! Rusty grown up! If Chevy Chase shows up as his older self, this has possibilities!" And finally, the whole POINT of the VACATION movies is that Clark is clueless. He's playing it straight, he's just determined to have a nice family vacation and even as shit is happening and falling apart around him, he's still clueless. THAT is what makes the character so charming and lovable and Chase was able to convey that happy go lucky, clueless mentality perfectly. So as for your notion that Helms would be better at portraying a Rusty that goes "crazy" that's the one thing the character SHOULDN'T be doing -- well, unless you want Rusty to be nothing more than the same character Helms plays in HANGOVER, at which point what is the fucking point anymore? So, fuck yeah, Anthony Michael Hall playing the character straight to all the craziness around him over Helms just playing crazy any day of the week.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    No singing please.

    by paper

    Ed Helms....please, just act and refrain from bursting into song. We'll all be happier for it.

  • I like Ed Helms at first I wasn't feeling the guy at all on the Office. And was highly skeptical of The Hangover, but he's won me over. I'm just glad it wasn't Steve Carrell

  • There is no fucking way anyone will get close to catching the chemistry, the humor, the jokes. It's not about talent, it's about timing. Leave it alone and create something original. Are studio execs that desperate?

  • July 11, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The only problem is that Rusty is nothing like Clark

    by nieman

    You guys are growing up so fast, I hardly recognize you anymore!

  • July 11, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Bevery D'Angelo > Christie Brinkley

    by Big Dumb Ape

    The nice thing about Brinkley? She gets props for looking beautiful and like...well, like a she has that going for her. But ultimately it's that runway model "look at me, aren't I pretty" kind of thing. The great thing about D'Angelo? She exuded an actual heat. And she had a smoking hot bod and killer voice and eyes that went right through you. Bottom line -- with D'Angelo, you could see her being a nice, sweet woman in public...Clark loved her for being the good housewife who took care of things at home, minded the kids, who could throw a great dinner party or get-together with the neighbors... ...But once everyone was gone and you were alone with her, SHE would turn into the tigress and close the door on you and twist the lock, at which point she'd glare at you and say "Hope you're well rested because we're gonna be fucking all night."

  • July 11, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    You're all forgetting the best one of the entire series... Christmas Vacation 2


    Yes, it's a real movie.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape

    by chaseguy17

    I'm talking about how Clark goes crazy in the original. I'm assuming you've seen the original and not just the toned down sequels? Chevy Chase plays an absolute manic by the end of that film who eventually pulls out a gun and hijacks a theme park. I could never see Anthony Michael Hall pulling off something like that and making it funny. Helms could pull this off, Hall could not:

  • July 11, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I guess Carrell, Ferrell, Segal and Stiller passed

    by mackmm

    I agree with the rest if you want to bring people back should have had AMH

  • July 11, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST

    The number of crotch and lude sex jokes will quadruple

    by Drath

    Modern comedians and their audiences are such sluts.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Different Rusty Every Sequel!

    by Ron

    This could actually work!

  • July 11, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Bevery D'Angelo's gap also lent to her bewitching effect upon me.

    by the Green Gargantua

    yes her body is amazing, but that little detail, man.... That scene in The Sentinel??? When starts rubbing one out??? Goddamn, she is one of my favorites.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I don't give a frog's fat ass about a Vacation film without Bev and Chevy.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • July 11, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    nice to see all the Veverly D'Angelo love..thought I was alone


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  • July 11, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Why not get Johnny Galecki (Leonard in Big Bang Theory) as Rusty?

    by Dirty Awesome

    After all, he did play Rusty in Christmas Vacation (love that movie, might be nostalgia though...) In any case, Galecki does have that desperate, do-goody air, which would be ideal for the part. Ah well, it's been decided anyway, so this is moot. Weird that nobody mentioned this before me though. (I know Anthony Michael Hall would be better, in case you were wondering.)

  • July 11, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Rusty shouldn't be like Clark and act crazy!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Thats why Ed is wrong for the part and Anthony Micheal Hall would be perfect! The decided to go the easy way by making Ed(Rusty) act like Clark when in fact, Rusty was the sane one. They should have Rusty remain like he was and instead have his family be like Clark instead. Just saying.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    And I agree, NO Chevy or Beverly means NO MONEY from me!

    by HollywoodHellraiser


  • July 11, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Anthony Michael Hall is no longer funny.

    by Royston Lodge

    Have none of you seen the Dead Zone tv show? AMH is not a comedic actor anymore.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by DocDowns

    I was getting excited for this movie until I saw this. Why does this guy get so much work? He's one of the unfunniest idiots ever on tv or in the movies. THIS GUY SUCKS!

  • July 11, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    I got pissed at first and then realized it said Rusty.

    by adeceasedfan

    I'm totally fine with this. Ed Helms is a good choice. And in John Francis Daley I trust.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    You ever work for a corporation that always....

    by mackmm

    tries to psych the entire company up behind a blatantly bad idea. Most of the cogs roll their eyes as the middle managers and big bosses preach the benefits of "This great new thing" I tend to think the Hollywood PR machine is the same way, It's great because we say it's great. Producers and stars hype the hell outta the projects. Union workers don't care their getting paid, and the audience just roll their eyes. It was refreshing to hear Jason Bateman on the Daily show just dismiss the bodyswapping movie he did with Reynolds, as yeah it's basically just a bodyswapping film. It was beautiful

  • As for this new Vacation film, I think it would have been fun seeing Anthony Michael Hall reprising this role, but Ed Helms can probably pull it off too. Speaking of AMH, I miss The Dead Zone TV series. The USA channel needs something like that again, as all their new and current shows are just rehashes of the same tired formula that started with that doctor in the Hamptons show. I remember USA having a nice supernatural/sci-fi themed combo with The 4400 and The Dead Zone a few years ago.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I like Ed Helms, but I dunno

    by Volstaff

    I know over the years Chevy did a ton of crappy projects just for the money ( hell he's said so himself) but damn when he's in the zone like in Vacation and Christmas Vacation he was/is just so goddamn funny it hurts. I'll hope for the best, unlike some of the haters I never want to see a bad movie or see something bomb, but not real excited for this.

  • Malin Ackerman...? I think she could pull off the hotness and the comedy with the right dosage.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    half this article is about their ages.

    by bluebottle

    so ed helmes is the right age to be chevy chase's son? oh, good, because it would have totally sucked otherwise. what the fuck.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The first three Vacation movies

    by My best friend

    Are all hilarious!!! Especially Christmas. Billy, I just lost trust in you.

  • If I recall properly, the film was edited to a ridiculous PG-13 rating for the DVD. In that process of course, there was less of that shower scene to admire. I think. I could swear there was more to see of that glorious pair than what ended up on the cheap-ass DVD. If I'm right, then the Rated R version must be found.... Anyone care to chime in?

  • July 11, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    @Hollywoodhellraiser - EXACTLY!!!

    by nieman

    Or they could make Rusty's wife the overzealous one, Or make it Audrey's and Rusty's families on some group ish.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Not sure what you're talking about trying_it_again_part_2

    by Ted Knight

    My DVD has always been R and the shower scene has always featured Beverly's bazongas in glorious plain view. I should know I've freeze framed the shit outta that scene.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    It's that time, Christmas time is HEEah...

    by 3D-Man

    Fuck I fucking LOVE that fucking song!

  • July 11, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by ChickenStu

    On the first of december every year I watch that movie. And watch it and re-watch it countless times and stop before Christmas Eve. Then it goes back in a drawer for a year. BEST. FUCKING. CHRISTMAS. MOVIE.EVER.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    VACATION is an awful, unfunny film

    by daniel parker

    Want to see it done better? Try ARE WE THERE YET? of the funniest comedies ever.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I predict Jennifer Aniston as Mrs. Griswold

    by A_Banned_Apart

    just to make things as mediocre as possible.

  • July 11, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Small correction: Rusty's vacations were decent.

    by holysin

    While most of the family had issues on each vacation film, it's worth noting rusty did fairly well in 3 of the first 4 I've no real memory of rusty's fate in the xmas one. Vacation #1 Got to go to wally world, was able to enjoy it after park guard doesn't press charges Vacation #2 European boobs! Vacation #3 NFC Vacation #4 Gambling success (he won all the cars, put a dollar in won a car, put a dollar in won a car, etc)

  • Isn't a reboot a complete retelling of the original story?

  • July 11, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't it be Mitt Romney

    by paulloch

    With the dog tied to the car scene.

  • July 11, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    @stargrove: It must have been a television edit or something that I'm thinking about.

    by Trying_It_Again_Part_2

    With that said, I'm getting this fucker in 1080p to freeze-frame those wonderful jugs all over again!

  • July 11, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    He's a decent actor, but I don't know if he's as bankable as this Helms guy (who I honestly don't recognize from anything). I wouldn't get significantly more excited about this film either way, but it's always kind of cool to maintain some continuity with properties that succeeded before.

  • July 11, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    To the people who haven't seen any Vacation movies...

    by pr0g2west

    Which is outrageous, but anyway, stick with the original. If you like it, watch European. Christmas Vacation is the best...but much different in format from the others. Skip Vegas Vacation at all costs.

  • July 11, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    How can you say "are we there yet" is funnier than "vacation"?

    by pr0g2west

    That is an outrageous claim.

  • July 11, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Be thankful guys...

    by OldDickLemon

    About a year ago, IGN first had rumors about Helms attached to a Vacation reboot with Ed taking over as Clark. At least they wised up to that idea.

  • July 11, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    ...or Not

    by nieman

    They'll probably just change the name "Clark" to "Rusty" and keep it the same exact script.

  • July 11, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Ellen Griswold French Sex Tape

    by Wazoo

    No THAT is a Blu-Ray extra I would buy the European Vacation disc for. In the movie Ellen does a striptease (which we only see from the back) for Clark's video camera, and then he leaves it on while they do the nasty. The video ends up selling big in Europe when the camera is stolen. I feel cheated we never got to see Ellen better and its high time we get the cutting room floor footage. That's my two cents.

  • July 11, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Beverly D'Angelo seemed to get hotter with each film

    by Acquanetta

    That little white blouse she wore in Christmas Vacation always drove me crazy.

  • And it has John Candy playing THE BEST stereotypical security guard character of all time. Ed Helms is hilarious! He's great! Why not develop something new for him? Why the re-boots? Just stop, Hollywood. Just..... stop. It's over. It's done. ...just.stop...

  • July 11, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Ed Helms? Who the...

    by Jeditemple

    ...Who the fuck is he?

  • July 11, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Department Store Girl > Beverly D'Angelo > Christie Brinkley

    by jimincognito

    Christmas Vacation will always be my favorite - and not just for this reason.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Oh and nice to see some love for Christmas Vacation.

    by gotilk

    oooohoooooh say can you see....

  • July 11, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    SHIT the fucking quotes bug is back.

    by gotilk

    Well that didn't last long. That was nice, being able to use quotation marks for a while again. Thanks, IT team!

  • Glenn Howerton who plays Dennis on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia would have been great in this role.

  • Yeah, he's kinda dumb, but I think he'd be good.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    .... do not even ask. just don't.

    by gotilk

    If you don't know I was joking, you're new around here. That's okay.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    The problem with the choice is that it seems lazy.

    by Charlie

    I like Ed Helms, don't get me wrong. However it just seems like executives with out a script, with out any thought would put his name out there. Rusty can't be Clark. He has to not want to be Clark, but then the film and the vacation brings out that despite everything else, he shares traits. That's why I like my suggestion of Glenn Howerton. I think he could play that perfectly. Especially when the character finally cracks. Get the real crazy. Ed Helms, everything i've seen him in. His getting made, getting angry just isn't right. You need psychotic. Not a nice guy raising his voice.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Christmas Vacation is hands down the best of the bunch

    by Trancer

  • July 11, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Sequels weren't quite as good?

    by Hunter Graybeal

    Did you happen to catch Christmas Vacation? Because,'s all kinds of "quite as good."

  • July 11, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    If no Chevy Chase...

    by elsachmo

    I think you have to make Chevy Chase an integral part of the cast for this to be successful. He's still doing pretty well with Community, so this would be a great time to bring him back in one of his most famous characters.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Get the Audrey from Vegas Vacation.

    by DarthBlart

  • July 11, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Gotta get Cousin Eddie on board!

    by coosawatchie

    I think that's the only way this movie won't suck. Uh, what's that?... Randy Quaid is out of his damn mind? Oh shit!

  • July 11, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Christmas Vacation is the best. Speaking of which,

    by DavidBanner

    you'd think maybe they would get Johnny Galecki and have him team up with Chevy and do a straight sequel. Since both have hit tv shows. Well, I guess Chevy's is more of a cult hit, but still having Clark and son embark together could be funny. Just a thought.

  • July 11, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I guessed Jack Black. I'm trying to "think" Hollyweird.

    by kabong

    I need a brain-ectomy.

  • July 11, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Another vote for Audrey from Vegas Vacation

    by DickButtkiss

    Marisol Nichols was definitely the hottest chick in the series. My God, the legs on that girl ...

  • July 11, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    1. Ex-Pacino 2. Would she dig this?

    by mrgray

    On the Beverly D'Angelo front: 1) Just think, Al Pacino was married to that woman. Serpico routinely had sex with Ellen Griswold. It's a nutty world. 2) Although it's sexist and a little creepy, I also wonder how Bev D'Angelo would react to all the drooling and talk of chicken-choking? Would it be flattering? I feel like she's not an actress who most people talked about, sex-symbol-wise, but clearly she had an effect on many of us. 3) As long as we're honoring once-hot older actresses from our youth: Kathleen Turner. God. Damn. The Man with Two Brains and Body Heat. Double feature that and try to cross your legs. Yeesh....

  • July 12, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Not A Reboot

    by aceldama

    How the hell is this a "reboot"? I am so fucking sick of people using that term for everything. It doesn't replace the older movies. Obviously, it takes place after the other movies, and therefore isn't a reboot. It's a fucking sequel. Quit using the term.

  • July 12, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Where they headed this time???

    by seabiscuits

  • July 12, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Helms is not that bad

    by heyoucantlaughatthat

    Sandler and Schneider continue to get work yet you choose to shit on ED HELMS??!?

  • July 12, 2012, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I look at D'Angelo in Vacation... then I look at her on Entourage

    by DougMcKenzie

    and I wanna fucking cry. ALL women lose it, and they lose it FUCKING HARD. Why do men generally get better looking as they get older, but women fucking fall right apart?

  • July 12, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Would rather see Hall, and have the visit Wallyworld

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    one last time before it is closed down.

  • July 12, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Why not go for an "R" rating?

    by aegri_mentis

    Hell, I had several old copies of National Lampoon magazine, and every single one of them had photos of tits, sex humor, and toilet humor in it. Let this one be true to the NL magazine, and be "R" rated.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Sam Weir is writing this?

    by Mickster_Island

    That could be cool given the success enjoyed by Nick Andapolous with his Muppets script.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    It's CLARK Griswald you dolt!

    by HoboCode

    Rusty is the teenage son. Jesus.

  • July 12, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Nevermind I'm stupid.

    by HoboCode

  • July 12, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST


    by Dr.007

    Remember this long version of the Superbowl commercial? Rusty looked a little too child molester in this one.

  • July 12, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Johnny Galecki

    by Scott Landles

    would be appropriately aged

  • July 12, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    It warms the heart

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    that so many are fondly recalling how SMOKIN' D'Angelo was in that scene. @dougmckenzie, it's funny you mentioned Entourage...I remember thinking the same thing when I saw Colleen Camp on it.

  • July 12, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    I would love to see old-ass Juliette Lewis as old-ass Audrey.

    by Royston Lodge

    She is definitely age (and weirdness) appropriate.

  • July 12, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Make Juliette Lewis/Audrey the new Cousin Eddie.

    by Royston Lodge

  • Christmas Vacation was the only worthy sequel.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

    thanks for the imagery

  • July 12, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    doug, you know what they say:

    by SergeantStedenko

    Men when they get old, they look like Sean Connery. Women when they get old... ...they look like Sean Connery.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    The twist is that the vacation goes completely as planned

    by SergeantStedenko

    and everybody has a great time.

  • By the last film, Rusty had gone from the older to the younger brother. Older in the first two and younger in everything else. While it's nice to try and keep age consistent - it really doesn't matter (unless you choose someone less than 20 years younger than Chase, which obviously wouldn't happen). And sorry Billy, Christie Brinkley was never more than "dimestore" hot - there are thousands just like her (Carol Alt, Kathy Ireland, even Cindy Crawford) - they're hollow beauty. Beverly DeAngelo is not remotely 'dimestore' hot - those big eyes just smolder and burn, that tiny gap in her teeth makes her far more hotter and her ownership of her own sexuality make her infinitely more alluring and hotter than Brinkley. You see - the entire aesthetic approach by our society is wrong - beauty is often skin deep and inner beauty is often unrelated to physical appearance but the most captivating and true physical beauty derives from what IS inside after that initial "skin deep" aspect is accomplished...Beverly had that in excess and Brinkley wouldn't have known what I was talking about.

  • July 12, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    It's not that D'Angelo wasn't hot...

    by Blarg Barfington

    But that fucking overbite makes her look like a Simpson's character.

  • July 12, 2012, noon CST

    Might be in the minority here but...

    by Darth Macchio

    I've always had a thing for Juliette Lewis. I loved "Dusk till Dawn" until the moment the vampires show up (immediately after Selma Hayek finishes that mind-bending dance). But her line to schizo Richie (Tarantino) and that camera pan as he's oggling her shortly after in the winnebago and then in "Strange Days" - oh my my my, she's smokin hot to me on every level. She cannot be Cousin Eddie as the kids were never portrayed as bumbling idiots but more as foils to Clark's bumbling idiocy. But then again, I'm not against Juliette Lewis appearing in anything.

  • July 12, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Should just be a reboot instead

    by SergeantStedenko

    Just to piss Chevy off.

  • July 12, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    My eyes still burn from "Christmas Vacation 2"

    by The Gipper

    Worst made for TV movie EVER and it freakin' starred Cousin' Eddie. Just goes to prove that you can't have Cousin' Eddie as the leading man if you're going to transform a comedic character into the straight man. That worries me on if they'll try to transform Rusty's character. Count me as in the camp wanting Anthony Michael Hall back as Rusty. I'm in the minority here, though, as I was always more attracted to Christie Brinkley.

  • July 12, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    (Cousin Eddie = Fugitive From Justice) Randy Quaid...

    by The Gipper

    ...needs to eat. He's currently seeking asylum in Canada and has applied for refugee status. He and his wife are fugitives from justice after in 2010 they were arrested for squatting in a vacant home. They later jumped bail and headed to Canada. Why someone hasn't approached him about a reality show is beyond me. This guy wasn't acting when he was playing Cousin' Eddie...

  • July 12, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Beverly D'Angelo in Hair

    by chickenandpie

    she is a lot younger and way more naked in that movie. sure it's a musical but suck it up its entertaining . and yes I'm very old

  • July 12, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    They should have got

    by pumaman

    Zach Zalifanakis to play Rusty !!!!!!! That would have been weirdly good. That being said Ed Helm's can often be hilarious, and at least they didn't choose Russel fucking Brand!!!!!!

  • July 12, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    NL's Vacation movies, many happy memories...

    by TheTeethgrinder

    What do I think? I think you're all fucked in the head...

  • July 12, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    No, Cedar Rapids was great. The Hangover was funny. Helms was great in the Office for the first few seasons. You are a tard. This is not the best idea in terms of casting. I'd much rather have seen Hall reprise his role... Vacation and Christmas Vacation are fucking classics, anything to the contrary is being spewed by a dipshit.

  • July 12, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    no no NO.

    by TheMachinist


  • July 12, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Ugh. (from someone who LIKES Ed Helms.)

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    I actually enjoy Ed Helms when he's given material that is actually funny. "Daily Show", his early days on "The Office", "The Hangover". He's got the "I'm a HUNKY DORY Dad!" thing down to a tea, which was right for Clark. But I don't want to see him as Rusty. They have at least TWO stars who are in the acting game ready to play him, and a couple who are doing less acting nowadays. Perhaps they turned the movies down? Still it would have been great to see a reprise. Rusty was SMARTER than Clark though. The kids ALL were. It's not fair. This movie will do bupkiss. I even liked 'Horrible Bosses' and think this will suck the life out of a franchise who's last outing was a TV Movie Sequel. Goddamnit, Hollywood.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    This could totally work. The devil will be in the details.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'm surprised how many of y'all are saying this is a bad idea. The Vacation movie formula is pretty simple, and since this is a sequel rather than a reboot it's not like they're raping anybody's childhood. The devil will totally be in the details. How good is the script? Who is in the cast? Where do they go on vacation? Etc, etc, etc. I think Helms could be a great choice for an adult Rusty. It all depends on how the script treats the character. If he's just a rehash of his characters from The Office and The Hangover, it won't work. If Helms really tries to create an adult version of how we remember Rusty, it will work fine. Basically, if the script is funny, it'll work. If the script isn't funny, it won't work. Pretty simple, really.

  • July 12, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    They don't need to dumb Rusty down to make this work.

    by Royston Lodge

    Yes, Rusty was always smarter than Clark. They don't need to change that to make this work. Keep Rusty smart, and make the comedy come from the ridiculous situations. The whole joke can be about how Rusty approaches the challenges differently than Clark would, and yet things STILL go to shit. No matter how smart you are, the Universe still kicks you in the ass. I sorta see an adult Rusty playing like Steve Martin's character from Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

  • He was a high-profile biochemical engineer, after all. He invented the non-permeable food varnish for breakfast cereal, fer cryin' out loud! ;-)

  • July 12, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    special comic-con fudgepack friday tomorrow!

    by Robert Evans

    Hail nerds! CHOPPED

  • July 13, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I was always partial to Jane Krakowski as Cousin Vicki.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • July 13, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Just watched "Hangover 2"

    by MovieManStill

    Laughed about three times....."Is this PF Changs?" Never saw any of the "Vacation" films.

  • Heh heh heh...

  • But, isn't that almost always the case when a movie has a monkey or ape in it?

  • July 13, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Fuck, that was supposed to be in the FF talkback.

    by Royston Lodge


  • July 13, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Beverly D'Angelo!

    by b_profane

    Sexiest overbite ever! Seriously. "Her mouth was made to suck my kiss!"

  • July 13, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I've got a stack of nudie books this high

    by 6000_little_griglets

  • July 14, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Ehhhh. Ed Helms almost killed "The Office".

    by Elgyn6655321

    And that's a fact. Everyone else in the show: natural. Ed Helms: forced.

  • July 14, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by Balkin Flabgurter

    Ed helms has proven funniest in supporting roles, this is just a joke waiting to flop. Helms should have more sense of his acting ability and see for himself how retarded this is.

  • July 14, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    alright but after reading the comments...

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    i will shut up if if chase is crazy grandpa griswold and randy q. uncle eddy is back, that is the ONLY WAY

  • July 14, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    He is a bad choice - but Chevy only plays one character himself

    by FrodoFraggins

  • July 14, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Rusty's Vegas trip wasn't THAT disastrous

    by Kevservo

    He did win four cars.

  • July 14, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Actuallt...Rusty is the Anti-Clark...

    by conspiracy

    Rusty usually makes out ok...and in Vegas he makes out incredibly well, luck placing him as a winner in a suite and slathered with Cash, Cunts and Cars...he even gets to keep the fucking cars at the end of the film. So I don't see where they can make a film about Rusty having a bad vacation...unless something happens to a Griswold at age 35 and they turn from Lucky to Looser.

  • July 14, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I'd much rather have a FIlm about Audry....

    by conspiracy

    and what happened to her after that one night of slootin around in Vegas...

  • July 14, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Hey Hollywood, we don't want this!

    by Joe Plumber

    Not that you care. Yo, what's up, Conspiracy?

  • Who am I kidding, they'll probably turn it into a kids film and slap the PG label on it.

  • Awesome casting choice sir!

  • Michael C. Hall has the acting/comedic chops (Six Feet Under/Dexter) to pull this off and would be an inspired choice.

  • July 14, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Not a Jennifer Aniston Fan, but damn she was hot in Horrible bosses..

    by ganymede3010

    Especially when she told the tude to slapp her face with this cock. This movie should rock if the same makers of horrible bosses is behind it.