July 11, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation

Current Status
In Season
We gave it a D

Watch half of this fourth installment of the Vacation franchise — enough to see a retread of the Christie Brinkley-in-sports-car come-on from National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation and Wayne Newton at his cheesiest — and you may just want to fast-forward through the rest to test how much predictable shtick you can spot on the fly. Zip, there’s trailer-park idiot Randy Quaid grilling chicken on a rock. Whoosh, there’s Chevy Chase plugging leaks in the Hoover Dam with gum. Somehow the Griswold kids have kept their youth, but Chase’s once-reliable stumblebummery is getting decrepit. D

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