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  • Creator Killer: The National Lampoon magazine ceased publication the year after Vegas Vacation was released, possibly due to the failure of this film. Supposedly, National Lampoon was so embarrassed by the movie that they refused to allow their name to be attached to this film.
  • Franchise Killer: The Vacation series was dead in the water after this installment, save for one made-for-TV movie starring Cousin Eddie. However, another theatrical sequel, Vacation, would ultimately come to fruition 18 years after Vegas.
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  • Old Shame: Ethan Embry admits that the film was "horrible".
  • Star-Derailing Role: Chevy Chase was knocked off the A-List after this film. His reputation of being insufferable to work with probably did him no favors, either.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The film is a time capsule of that regrettable time in the history of Las Vegas when, in an attempt to keep up with competition from Atlantic City on the East Coast and Native American casinos across the country, the city attempted to rebrand itself as a family vacation destination, with a wide variety of new resorts bearing theme-park style rides and theming (the MGM Grand had an entire short-lived Amusement Park). The year after the film came out in 1997 and parodied the "new" Vegas, the opening of the more adult-oriented, high-class Bellagio resort heralded the start of a backlash that saw most of these casinos de-themed and oriented back towards their bread-and-butter industry of gambling.

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