A show of hands, who out there is a little psyched about another Vacation movie? Nobody…oh wait…you…in the back, you’re excited? Well it’s a start; there might be few more of you who are a little shy about raising their hands to an idea that, without even having started production, already feels like a big mistake. But, Ed Helms is going to play Rusty Griswold, as the films focus will be on his character, his characters family and their family vacation. Still not excited yet? It’s understandable.
John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers behind the slighter funnier than what I thought it was going to be film Horrible Bosses, are writing and directing this new movie. Now, this new Vacation isn’t a reboot/remake/reimagining, it’s pretty much a direct sequel. Does that help bring up the excitement level? No you say? Wow, tough crowd.
I will say this, if there is anyone that is a perfect fit to take on the adult Rusty Griswold, it’s Ed Helms. Rumor has it that the script even works in a moment that will bring back Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. That has to get you at least a little excited? C’mon, Chevy Chase, in one of his most iconic roles, passes off the torch, and some classic Griswold advice, to his son Rusty, as he embarks on what will surely be shenanigans aplenty that could be funny right?
I won’t completely dismiss this project, because it could actually be worth some laughs. Like I said, Helms is tailor made for this sort of thing. And the people behind the camera aren’t so bad either (they also wrote the upcoming Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell). So what do you say, let’s keep an open mind and see what happens? Which according to MacGruber, is way different from just winging it.