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Film / Vegas Vacation

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Vegas Vacation is the fourth film in the National Lampoon's Vacation series, and the first one not to bear the National Lampoon name in the title and the first film without John Hughes' involvement. In this 1997 film, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) takes his family to Las Vegas. Hilarity Ensues.

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  • Arch-Enemy: Marty the blackjack dealer is this to Clark.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Audrey.
  • Big Eater: Ellen, after she refuses Clark's proposal to get remarried.
  • Brick Joke: During the tour of Hoover Dam, Clark plugs his chewing gum into some of the holes spouting water in the rock walls. A few scenes later at their hotel room, a newscast can be briefly heard on the TV talking of a flood at the dam.
  • Continuity Nod: In each of the movies, Clark is flirting or distracted by another woman. In Vacation it was the girl in the Ferrari. In European Vacation it was the dancing girls at the French Burlesque show. In Christmas Vacation it was the sales girl. In this movie, it's Lady Luck herself (and, briefly, the girl in the Ferrari again).
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  • Cool Car: Thanks to dumb luck, Rusty wins not one, but four of these at various slot machines. The film ends with the family each driving away in one.
  • Hollywood Law: The under-21 Rusty obtains a fake I.D. so he can gamble. It might slip past the guards and pit bosses if he was interested in playing nickel slots, but then he starts winning cars, and then he has the cars sent to a random outskirt motel.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In-Universe example. Although Clark tells his family Vegas would be a fun place for a vacation because of the shows and sights, really he just wants to go there to gamble.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "You kids are growing up so fast, your mom and I don't even recognize you anymore!"
  • Lighter and Softer: It's rated PG. That explains it all. However, some home media prints for a period of time
had it re-rated to PG-13. It has since been reverted back to PG, as evidenced on a DVD box set containing all five theatrical entries.
  • Minor with Fake I.D.: Rusty gets a fake ID so he can gamble.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Clark Griswold getting money out of an ATM. Filmed in such a way it looks like he's getting money out of a slot machine.
  • Schmuck Bait: The "Guess the Number" table that Cousin Eddie takes Clark to. Really, the person running that table can easily lie about what number he's thinking.
  • The Talk: Subverted.
    Rusty: "Dad, if this is about sex, I already know."
    Clark: "Oh... good talk."
  • Twincest: Rusty takes note of Audrey in a miniskirt. "Who'd have thought my sister had the legs of a purebred!" Clark is understandably disturbed by that and tells him to shut up.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Ellen begins seeing Wayne Newton after he shows interest in her.


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