The first Vacation movie from National Lampoon was a good laugh, this sequel obviously ramped it up, going from a road trip gone wrong to a bigger scale disaster holiday, I hoped it would be as funny as before, written by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Home Alone, Beethoven), directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless). Basically the Griswold family: husband/father Clark (Chevy Chase), wife/mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (Jason Lively) and daughter Audrey (Dana Hill), compete in a game show called Pig in a Poke. After some confusion, the family inadvertently win the prize, an all-expenses-paid trip across Europe, in this whirlwind tour of western Europe, chaos of all sorts ensues for the Griswolds. The family start in London, England, staying in a grotty hotel, with a sloppy, tattooed Cockney desk clerk (Mel Smith), they start with a drive in a rented yellow Austin Maxi, but end up going around in circles at a busy roundabout for hours. They knock over a cyclist (Eric Idle), who appears again almost every location throughout the trip, and visiting Stonehenge, Clark ends up reversing the car and causing the ancient stones to topple over, in a domino effect, they do not even notice as they drive away. They next travel to Paris, France, wearing berets and going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, their video camera is stolen by a passer-by they ask to take a picture, they are mocked speaking terrible French by a French waiter (Philippe Sturbelle), and Clark and Ellen catch Rusty watching a lewd can-can show, and with a prostitute. The family next travel somewhere in Germany, they mistake a bewildered elderly couple for relatives, but they are served dinner and given accommodation anyway, Clark turns a lively Bavarian folk dance into a large street brawl, and fleeing knocks over many vendors' stands, and gets their Citroën DS stuck in a narrow medieval archway. Moving on to Rome, Italy, the Griswolds go to rent a car, unaware that the men at the travel office are thieves, the real manager is being held captive, they give the family the car, with the manager trapped in the trunk. The next day, Ellen is shocked to find private, sexy videos from the stolen camera have been used for a billboard advertising pornography, she is completely humiliated, because Clark claimed the footage was erased. Ellen storms off, she encounters one of the two thieves, still unaware he is a criminal she confesses her recent troubles, when the police arrive at the hotel, the thief kidnaps Ellen, prompting Clark to rescue her. In the end, Ellen is saved, the thieves are arrested, and the family have come to the end of their vacation, on the flight back to America, flying over New York City, Clark accidentally causes the plane to knock the Statue of Liberty's torch upside down. Also starring John Astin as Pig in a Poke Host - Kent, Victor Lanoux as The Thief, Massimo Sarchielli as The Other Thief, Robbie Coltrane as Man in the Bathroom, Maureen Lipman as Lady in the Bed, Wendy Goldman as Stewardess, Angus MacKay as Announcer at Court, Julie Wooldridge as Princess Di, Peter Hugo as Prince Charles, Jeannette Charles as Queen Elizabeth, Paul McDowell as First English Motorist and Fawlty Towers' Ballard Berkeley as The Bike Rider. Chase is just about as funny as before as the accident-prone father trying to make sure the family enjoy the various cultures, D'Angelo is still reasonable as the tested wife, and it is fun to spot recognisable faces along the way. The characters in each location are very stereotypical, from polite British to rude French, aggressive Germans to mafia style Italians, the slapstick is maybe a little more over-the-top, it becomes almost predictable, but the sights of Europe are nice, and there are some reasonable giggles along the way, a highlight is the sweep around the Louvre to Belgian pop song "Ça Plâne pour Moi" by Plastic Bertrand, overall it is a fair comedy. Worth watching!