The Griswolds will return this summer with Vacation – and just like in previous installments in the road trip comedy franchise, Clark and Ellen Griswold are played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, respectively, while new actors have taken over the roles of Rusty and Audrey. Vacation (2015) revolves around a grown-up Rusty (Ed Helms), who decides that what his family – and his marriage – needs is a good old-fashioned cross-country vacation to Walley World, just like he went on as a kid (and, for whatever reason, now remembers as the happiest time of his life).
Of course, just because Clark isn’t leading the charge doesn’t mean this new Griswold vacation goes any smoother than past family holidays did. New Line Cinema and Comedy Central have teamed up to debut a red band trailer online for the new Vacation, to provide everyone with a better taste of the hijinks and comical shenanigans that ensue – now that Rusty has assumed the role of the Griswold clan patriarch.
Give that Vacation promo a watch, but bear in mind: it’s a proper, NSFW red-band preview.
Production on Vacation was somewhat delayed when the filmmakers behind it butted heads with their studio backers over the movie’s prospective rating. However, as evidenced by the red band trailer, writers/directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (who also penned Horrible Bosses and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) ultimately got to make the R-Rated comedy they wanted to make – complete with under-age cursing, sewage dump jokes, and a gag devoted to Chris Hemsworth’s… abs.
Suffice it to say, the new Vacation will certainly be raunchy – if nothing else.
The Vacation red band trailer also includes some self-reflexive jokes – calling attention to the film being a sequel/revival of the Vacation franchise – and shout-outs to memorable gags/bits featured in the original National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). That sort of meta-humor and nostalgic referencing has been pretty prevalent in cinema recently, and will continue to be so this year in particular – given the number of franchises revivals due to reach theaters later in 2015 (ranging from Jurassic World to Rockysequel/spinoff Creed).
Self-awareness aside, will the Vacation be able to stand on its own? Well, it does feature a talented crew of comedy types, including Christina Applegate as Debbie Griswold (Rusty’s wife) and Leslie Mann as the adult version of Audrey Griswold. Meanwhile, people such as Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) will be among those who make cameo appearances along the way. They’ll be hard-pressed to prove as memorable as Hemsworth’s (ahem) display in the trailer, though.
Vacation opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2015.