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Watch the First 'Vacation' Trailer Starring Ed Helms

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

The reboot shows plenty of hijinks as the new Griswolds return to Wally World.

The first trailer for the long-awaited (by some) reboot of Vacation hit the web yesterday. Ed Helms stars as a grown-up Rusty Griswold who wants to recreate the trip he took to Wally World with his family 30 years ago. He brings his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) on a road trip to spice things up.

A couple things about this first glimpse at the film. I like Ed Helms, but I'm getting a bit tired of the schtick that screenwriters are trying to get him to consistently play. Yes, it worked in the first Hangover. Yes, it also worked in Cedar Rapids. It sort of worked in The Office to some extremely diminishing returns later on. But Ed Helms is more versatile than this. The routine is just getting tired at this point, and it feels a bit lazy at this point.

For a "red band" trailer, this is pretty tame (and slightly contradictory at one point). Usually, red band trailers offer up the chance to fill the two-plus minutes with expletives and even nudity. The lone curse we get comes from the Griswold's youngest son, who utters "bullshit" at his father. Other than that, no cursing, unless they consider the terms "glory hole" and "rim job" obscene. Perhaps the outline of Chris Hemsworth's giant penis pushed the scales a bit, but that was as close to nudity as it got. And how is it that Rusty is naive enough not to know what a rim job is but doesn't hesitate when he hears about a glory hole? That doesn't add up to me.

Watch the First 'Vacation' Trailer Starring Ed Helms

But outside of all those questions, the film has an all-star cast. Joining Helms and Applegate are Charlie Day, Leslie Mann, Tim Heidecker, Kaitlin Olsen, Keegan-Michael Key, Michael Peña, and original vacationers Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo returning as Clark and Ellen Griswold. There are plenty of nods to the original Vacation, and while the trailer states strongly that this one will be able to stand on its own, I'm not so sure about that.

Vacation opens July 29th.


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