Theatrical premiere: July 31, 2015
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlie Day
Directors: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
Screenwriters: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein
“Vacation” is the sixth installment of the National Lampoon’s Vacation series:
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Vegas Vacation (1997)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2 (2003)
Hotel Hell Vacation (2010)
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. New Line Cinema’s Vacation, starring Ed Helms (The Hangover films) and Christina Applegate (the Anchorman films), takes the family on the road for another ill-fated adventure. The film marks Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s directorial debut.
Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.
Rounding out the cast are Leslie Mann (The Other Woman) as Rusty’s sister, Audrey; Chris Hemsworth (the Thor films) in the role of Stone Crandall, Rusty’s irritatingly successful brother-in-law; and Skyler Gisondo (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Hard Sell) and Steele Stebbins (A Haunted House 2), who play Rusty’s sons, James and Kevin. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from the classic Vacation comedies.
Goldstein & Daley (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) wrote the script, based on characters created by John Hughes. David Dobkin (The Judge, Wedding Crashers) and Chris Bender (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses 2) are producing, with Marc S. Fischer and Jeff Kleeman serving as executive producers.
The directors’ behind-the-scenes creative team also includes director of photography Barry Peterson (the Jump Street films, We’re the Millers), production designer Barry Robison (Wedding Crashers, Pitch Perfect), and costume designer Debra McGuire (Ted).
Ed Helms as Russell “Rusty” Griswold
Christina Applegate as Debbie Griswold, Rusty’s wife
Chris Hemsworth as Stone Crandall
Skyler Gisondo as James Griswold
Beverly D’Angelo as Ellen Griswold
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold
Leslie Mann as Audrey Griswold-Crandall
Charlie Day as a river-rafting guide
Steele Stebbins as Kevin Griswold
Elizabeth Gillies as Heather
Film frames from “Vacation”
New Line Cinema
Village Roadshow Pictures
Big Kid Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures