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post #101 of 144
It's gotten so much worse over the past couple years with their relentless DTV output. Can anyone recommend anything they've put out recently with any sincerity?

I'm occasionally curious due to the tits plastered on the covers, but I never take the plunge.

EDIT: I own VAN WILDER.
post #102 of 144
I've never seen FLETCH either, but this thread has convinced me. My next rental!

The funniest Cousin Eddie part, from CHRISTMAS VACATION:

Clark: "Hey kids; I've heard reports from the airport that Santa's sleigh was seen heading on its way into town!"

*the kids laugh excitedly, Clark beams*

A suspicious and aggressive Cousin Eddie: "You serious there Clark?"
post #103 of 144
'Morning! Shitter's full!'

Nothing tops that for Cousin Eddie.
post #104 of 144
My favorite Cousin Eddie line is him asking for the cat food dessert. "Pass some more of that; it is gooooooood."
post #105 of 144
I still love the look on Clarkes face when Eddie asks him for money in Vacation, he opens his wallet and asks "Sure Eddie, how much ya need?", pulling out some twenties, and Eddie replies "About fifty-two thousand dollars." The look on Chases face as he tries to cram the money back in his wallet as quickly as possible is one of those under-rated moments of physical comedy Chase was so good at.

Other great Cousin Eddie lines:

"I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself. I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"You're the gourmet around here, Eddie."


"How do you like yours, Clark?"
"Oh, medium rare, a little pink inside."
"No, I mean your bun."
post #106 of 144
While it is the worst of the bunch (by far) VV's best moments are Chevy Chase VS Wallace Shawn's Blackjack Dealer

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Marty: You don't know when to quit, do ya Griswold?... Here's an idea: Why don't you give me half the money your were gonna to bet, then we'll go out back, I'll kick you in the nuts, and we'll call it a day!
post #107 of 144
Thread Starter 
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While it is the worst of the bunch (by far) VV's best moments are Chevy Chase VS Wallace Shawn's Blackjack Dealer
It was......okay. Which kinda sums up the whole VV experience for me. There was nothing offensively bad going on. It was just kinda there.

Glad to see so many fans of these movies here. I need to revisit Fletch again soon as I don't remember anything from my first viewing of it....
post #108 of 144
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Though you guys may be right about Christmas Vacation being funnier, I think Vacation is a better film overall.
It's hard for me to call on which is the better movie. They both serve their own individual purposes.

By the way another line from Vacation that I never picked up on until a recent viewing but had me laughing my ass off.

Rusty Griswold: That was a crummy Wyatt Earp dad. He was wearing jogging shoes.
Clark: They used to Rusty.

Chase's delivery makes it.
post #109 of 144
Thread Starter 
Just saw Fletch. Not a bad film at all. Great writing and excellent story. Thanks guys.

And "Bit by Bit" is my new favorite 80's theme song. Damn it's catchy.
post #110 of 144
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EDIT: I own VAN WILDER.
Dude, I'm right with you. I thought it got a bad rap. My wife and I pull that out all the time and watch it.

Speaking of Fletch--I used to own the soundtrack on cassette. I liked Faltermeyer's "Fletch's Theme" better than "Axel F". And "Get Out of Town" used to blare in my old Ford Tempo all the time. Unfortunately, I think it's only still available on cassette. I might even have it still buried in my old cassette case.
post #111 of 144
Until I watched again this December, I had sort of forgotten how in "Christmas Vacation" Julia Louis Dreyfus takes a role that is not really that funny as written and makes in into something. I think this film was one of her first big breaks.
post #112 of 144
Whenever I go to a Western-themed bar, I always shout, "Hey, underpants!" at the bartender, hoping he'll blast me with a shotgun. Alas, it hasn't happened yet.
post #113 of 144
When my family returned to America in 1982, we drove from NYC to Alabama ... two adults, two kids and an Old English Sheepdog all in one car. It was a nightmare. Here's a highlight:

Sometime around midnight the engine of our rental car bursts into flames. We pull over to the side of the highway (I think this was in Columbia, S.C.) to avoid getting cooked. My younger brother was asleep and refused to budge, because he thought I was kidding when I told him the car was on fire. We drag his ass out to find ourselves standing in a muddy pasture (remember: sheep dog) and my mom loses her shoes in the muck. A tow truck driver stops to help and takes us to a gas station ... which had just been robbed. We walk into the store and everyone's laying on the floor. It quickly becomes a very dirty floor because of the muddy dog.


The first time I saw Vacation it was like a Vietnam vet seeing Platoon for the first time.
post #114 of 144
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Originally Posted by MSO Major Domo View Post
When my family returned to America in 1982, we drove from NYC to Alabama ... two adults, two kids and an Old English Sheepdog all in one car. It was a nightmare. Here's a highlight:

Sometime around midnight the engine of our rental car bursts into flames. We pull over to the side of the highway (I think this was in Columbia, S.C.) to avoid getting cooked. My younger brother was asleep and refused to budge, because he thought I was kidding when I told him the car was on fire. We drag his ass out to find ourselves standing in a muddy pasture (remember: sheep dog) and my mom loses her shoes in the muck. A tow truck driver stops to help and takes us to a gas station ... which had just been robbed. We walk into the store and everyone's laying on the floor. It quickly becomes a very dirty floor because of the muddy dog.


The first time I saw Vacation it was like a Vietnam vet seeing Platoon for the first time.
Write a script. That's a great story!
post #115 of 144
I might be re-treading too much Vacation territory ... my dad fell asleep at the wheel when we were passing through Virginia (or so I was told, because I was asleep, too) and we got lost in a bad part of some city. Oh, and when we stopped to visit my grandparents, my grandmother fell and broke her leg.

On the plus side, I also saw my first "live" episode of Saturday Night Live that week. It was the episode where Eddie Murphy hosted after Nick Nolte flaked out.

Here's the sequel: after making the trip from New York to Alabama, we had to turn around and drive back. My dad's assignment was in New Jersey. But that might be too much of a downer ending for some people.
post #116 of 144

Vacation is on tv right now, and I think I've finally seen this enough times that I don't miss "I'm So Excited" as Christie Brinkley's theme.  The first time I heard the Little Boy Sweet version on DVD years ago, it really bummed me out.

post #117 of 144
She has a new theme?!

Shenanigans!
post #118 of 144

REBOOT!/SEQUEL! 

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chris-hemsworth-charlie-day-join-727642

 

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 The new movie sees Ed Helms starring as Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold (Chase) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he and his parents and sister took when he was young.

 

Anthony Michael Hall, Johnny Galecki, Ethan Embry and that other guy must be so pissed!

post #119 of 144
FYI. I was an extra in Nat. Lampoon's Robodoc. My claim to fame was a scene with Alan Thicke. I havent seen the finished movie, so I have no idea if I'm on the cutting room floor.
post #120 of 144

For your sake, let's hope you were.

post #121 of 144
CLAIM to FAME
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post #123 of 144

The sequelboot might actually be funny?

 

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Shortly afterward, the comedic duo faced the convention of theater owners to promote their reboot of the 1983 classic National Lampoon's Vacation — part of Warner Bros.' slate of films for 2015.

 

And they nailed it.

 

Helms and Applegate's goofy interplay onstage and an edgy, raunchy film clip for the film opening July 31 became the unexpected CinemaCon darling.

 

"I wasn't expecting much for this film," says Keith Simanton, managing editor of the film database IMDB.com. "But I laughed a lot, which completely surprised me and I think everyone. People were cheering by the end."

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/04/22/vacation-surprise-cinemacon-crowd/26167115/

post #124 of 144
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Pretty spot-on, Dynamo. I can watch the first two anytime, and they're endlessly quotable. Clark's glasses falling off his face half a piece at a time after the car wreck is one of my favorite sight gags ever. Chase occasionally makes noise about an Australian Vacation, but I'm guessing it's about as likely as The Blues Brothers 3 that Aykroyd has mentioned on occasion.


If another "Vacation" movie is made, they need to drop the whole Russ and Audrey are still kids thing. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are simply too old to make that work. My fan fic scenario for a fifth vacation movie would be something like a Winnebago trip that Clark takes with his grown children and their spouses. Maybe have John C Reilly as the grown up Russ or maybe Audrey's husband but don't pretend that a 60 year old Chase is the father to a 14 and 18 year old. Also have someone like Judd Apatow or Tina Fey behind the scenes writing and/or directing the thing.

From 6 years ago...

Damn, that's close to Crystal ball prognostication. If DynamoTV is still around I want him to tell me the next four World Cup winners.
Edited by jhp1608 - 4/24/15 at 3:15am
post #125 of 144
First I thought
"They recast Beverly D!"

Upon further inspection...
"Oh NO! Plastic surgery! WHYYYYYY?" :'(
post #126 of 144

Trailer (definitely funnier than I was expecting):

 

post #127 of 144

But still not very funny.  

post #128 of 144

Well, it at least looks better than European and Vegas Vacation.

post #129 of 144
I dont know. I chuckled.
post #130 of 144
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Originally Posted by User_32 View Post
 

Well, it at least looks better than European and Vegas Vacation.

 

I'll go ahead and disagree with that one.  I don't see a single gag in this Vacation reboot trailer that already hasn't been beaten to death in multiple other comedies over the past 15 years.

post #131 of 144

Reviews seem to suggest that the new VACATION film is pretty skippable.  Bummer.

post #132 of 144
I had a ticket to an advanced screening and blew it off. I just couldn't care less.
post #133 of 144

I'm just kinda sick of Ed Helms.  I laughed at him for a while but he hasn't evolved beyond being a one-trick-pony for me.  

post #134 of 144
I think "We're the Millers" pretty much scratched my "raunchy family road comedy" itch a couple years ago.
post #135 of 144
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I think "We're the Millers" pretty much scratched my "raunchy family road comedy" itch a couple years ago.

 

Yep, and that film exceeded my expectations.  It also relegated Ed Helms to a small supporting role, which is pretty much my pain tolerance for him at this time.

post #136 of 144
Holy fuck, I forgot he was in that!
post #137 of 144

Chase at the premiere, presumably on his way to take the Foreign Service Exam afterwards:

 

"I'm sorry I'm late, I had to attend the premiere of a movie."

post #138 of 144

Yeesh...looks like they need to make room in next year's 'In Memory Of' segment of the Oscars for Chevy.  The man is not looking good.

post #139 of 144
Variety's review described him as "frighteningly bloated."
post #140 of 144

The one thing making me kinda want to see it:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Apparently, one of the meta things in the film is the fact that they got all 5 actors who have played Rusty to appear on-screen.  That'd be cool as hell.
post #141 of 144
Are they bloated, but frighteningly so?
post #142 of 144
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Are they bloated, but frighteningly so?


That was Dana Hill (Audrey 2, no not that Audrey II).

 

 

Too soon?

post #143 of 144
I said in a thread I created for this new one, and I'll repeat it here. The new movie is pretty good. It's of a piece with the original series, and it's actually pretty funny. An easy movie to dismiss, sure. But if you like this franchise, it's solid.

And I'd like to mention Ed Helms being good. He's well cast, and totally channels the essence of Clark Griswold better than just about anyone else I could imagine them casting. I do wish he got a real big profanity-filled monologue like Clark used to get (there's a perfect spot for it), but otherwise he's spot on. And he's got actual sexual chemistry with Christina Applegate! She's excellent in this, by the way. There's a pretty strong sequence early on that allows her to do some fairly gross physical comedy, and she's all in for it.

Ah, you'll all like it well enough as a Redbox night.
post #144 of 144
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Originally Posted by Arjen Rudd View Post

I said in a thread I created for this new one, and I'll repeat it here. The new movie is pretty good. It's of a piece with the original series, and it's actually pretty funny. An easy movie to dismiss, sure. But if you like this franchise, it's solid.

And I'd like to mention Ed Helms being good. He's well cast, and totally channels the essence of Clark Griswold better than just about anyone else I could imagine them casting. I do wish he got a real big profanity-filled monologue like Clark used to get (there's a perfect spot for it), but otherwise he's spot on. And he's got actual sexual chemistry with Christina Applegate! She's excellent in this, by the way. There's a pretty strong sequence early on that allows her to do some fairly gross physical comedy, and she's all in for it.

Ah, you'll all like it well enough as a Redbox night.
The whitewater rafting bit with Charlie Day is my favorite part of the movie.
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