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'Vacation': Road trip comedy goes downhill, reviews say

'Vacation': Road trip comedy goes downhill, reviews say

Family road trips are fraught with peril, from outrageous gas prices to sketchy rest stops to endless choruses of "Are we there yet?" But for the new comedy "Vacation," a sorta-reboot of 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation," there are further bumps on the road to summer fun. Many movie critics are saying the film — written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Fracis Daley, starring Ed Helms — is raunchy but not trenchant, and it doesn't do much to update the "Vacation" series. The Times' Rebecca Keegan says the new "Vacation" is "the kind of movie that exists because greenlighting it is easier...