The Griswolds are back in hilarious comedy Vacation - out in cinemas August 21.
The film follows on from the National Lampoon classics and in true Griswold-style, disaster strikes the next generation of the calamitous family as they embark on a cross-country road-trip.
To celebrate the release, we spoke to directors John Daley and Jonathan Goldstein about the global appeal of the outrageous clan and put together a list of the top five of the funniest families on screen.
The McAllisters, Home Alone (1990)
One the most popular Christmas films ever made, Home Alone sees the McAllisters forget their young son Kevin (Macauley Culkin) as they head to Paris for the holidays. His parents are understandably worried but Kevin is in his element as he eats ice cream in bed, watches R rated movies and defends his home from the dastardly Wet Bandits. Eventually though, Kevin realises that he needs and misses his family, even his bullying big brother and grumpy uncle! Meanwhile, Kevin’s mum desperately tries to get home to him by bribing plane passengers and catching a lift with a polka band. And like a true Christmas miracle the crazy family are reunited on Christmas day.
The Fockers, Meet the Fockers (2003)
Following on from successful comedy Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers sees engaged couple Greg and Pam decide it’s time to introduce their two families to each other. Greg (Ben Stiller) is worried about what his fiancée’s straight-laced family will think of his more eccentric parents and unsurprisingly the fun-loving Fockers and prudish Byrnes clash. Featuring toilet cats, synthetic breast feeding and elderly sex advice, the coming-together of these families goes from awkward moment to awkward moment but eventually both families embrace their differences and work together on the wedding of their children.
The Hoovers, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
This award-winning comedy drama tells the story of the Hoovers, who decide to drive to California when daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) is selected to take place in a beauty pageant. The dysfuctional family clash throughout the trip but when tragedy strikes, the group work together to make Olive’s dream a reality (even if that means breaking a few laws). When they make it to the pageant, they realise how unprepared their daughter is and end up joining her on stage for her dance number to save her from embarrassment in one of the most uplifting and funny scenes in modern cinema.
The Banks’, Father of the Bride (1991)
George Banks (Steve Martin) is understandably protective when his daughter announces her engagement to a man she’s known for 3 months. Despite the groom’s good family and successful job, George nevertheless takes it upon himself to try and break off the engagement and ruin the wedding any way he can, resulting in some truly cringey moments. His wife (Diane Keaton) tries to keep him level-headed and ultimately the father of the bride realises how much his future son-in-law loves his daughter and gives their wedding his blessing.
The Griswolds, Vacation (2015)
Everyone’s favourite family are back and it seems they are as unlucky as they have always been. In Vacation, a grown up Rusty Griswold decides to take his warring family on a road trip to ‘Walley World’ just as his dad had done with him when he was a kid. Unsurprisingly they get involved in some awkward, x-rated, but hilarious situations. Writing and directing duo John Daley & Jonathon Goldstein believe that the Vacation films are so popular because “there’s a little bit of Griswold in everyone, and that relatability makes it funny to watch them go through unfortunate circumstances.”
In terms of working out what an older Rusty Griswold would be like, they went on to explain that “I think we took advantage of the fact that Rusty had been played by four different actors in four different movies so it was a bit of a blank slate and then we kind of wrote it a bit to Ed Helms once we had him. That said we want to have some of the personality traits from Clark Griswold since he was his son so I think that he has that desperation to have a good time that Clark had but he’s probably a more bright eyed, innocent character than Clark was.”
Jeff Bridges seems to have been around forever, but has undoubtedly improved with age like a fine wine. Bridges secured his first major role in The Last Picture Show in 1971 but did not pick up his first Academy Award until 2009 for Best Actor in Crazy Heart and the Californian is a strong candidate for Best Supporting Actor at this yearâs awards ceremonies for Hell or High Water, having already picked up a Golden Globe nomination.
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A furry caper for all the family, NINE LIVES takes audiences on a journey of self-discovery, and reminds us all who and what really matters just in time for the Christmas season. With an award-winning cast, impressive CGI animation, and feline wit, cat lovers and dog lovers alike will be sure to enjoy this hilarious and heart-warming tale of redemption.
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Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters book review
By Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham
Laurence King Publishing
September 2016, Â£19.95
You know when you're looking at a Saul Bass design (or someone ripping him off). The deceptively simple style, the direct focus, the twisted shapes, the solid colours, the striking fonts, the fact that you've been staring at it for way too long as the story within creeps out to greet you... Yes, this is the work of a master.
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