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A little over a year ago, it was announced that New Line was putting together another sequel to 'National Lampoon's Vacation.' The new film will center on a grownup Rusty, the young son of the unlucky Griswold's as he attempts to take his own family on vacation. Last summer we learned that Ed Helms ('The Hangover') had landed the role of Rusty. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (the writers of 'Horrible Bosses') have been tapped to direct. Now it appears that Christina Applegate is in final negotiations to join the cast. Applegate would play Rusty's strong-willed wife who is losing interest in their marriage. Applegate is currently shooting 'Anchorman...The Legend Continues.' The 'Vacation' sequel/reboot is supposed to begin production this spring.
It's funny that Applegate is playing a character losing interest in Ed Helms, because I can't seem to muster any interest whatsoever toward this project. 'National Lampoon's Vacation' set the standard for road trip mishap movies, and casting Ed Helms in the lead role only reminds us of how many movies like this have been released since Harold Ramis' 1983 classic. Now granted, as much as I didn't like 'The Hangover Part II,' the trailer for the third one was admittedly intriguing so my concerns about his becoming frustratingly ubiquitous as a comedic actor aren't running quite as high. As to Applegate, I think she's a good addition to the cast, but hardly the caliber of comedienne that could make me do an about-face on my anticipation level for another 'Vacation' sequel. Perhaps I'm being a bit short-sighted, but doesn't the idea that the wife wants out of the relationship before they even depart for their ill-fated trip suggest a rather weak character arc? Where does that relationship have to go but down? The reason the Chevy Chase films worked is that Beverly D'Angelo loved him and wanted to stick by him through the farcical pitfalls of their vacation. Also, given Applegate just started shooting the 'Anchorman' sequel, this production has either been pushed back, or her role in the new Ron Burgundy adventure has been considerably reduced. I don't know, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm still not thrilled.
What do you guys think? Are you excited Applegate is coming aboard? Do you think the new 'Vacation' could be something worthwhile?