REVIEW: Raunchy comedy movie ‘Vacation Friends’ buries sweet moments, occasional laughs under mounds of profanity, vulgarity
Aug 27, 2021, 5:00 AM | Updated: 8:17 am
(Photo credit: Jessica Miglio/20th Century Studios)
SALT LAKE CITY — The summer of Cena continues.
Former wrestling superstar-turned-actor John Cena has yet another new movie out for summer 2021, this one the raunchy comedy “Vacation Friends” from 20th Century Studios that is now streaming on Hulu.
Cena already starred in “F9” and “The Suicide Squad” earlier in the summer, and for this latest venture, he once again plays a character with a military background that delivers punch lines from the straightest of faces.
Ron and Kyla get the usually level-headed Marcus and Emily to let loose and enjoy a week of uninhibited fun and debauchery with their new “vacation friends.”
However, months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding and bring with them their unique brand of chaos.
Writers Tom Mullen, Tim Mullen, Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley & Clay Tarver (who also directed the movie) managed to create some funny characters and did a good job of plot misdirection and hiding character motivations until the right moment to reveal them.
Tarver (“Silicon Valley”) also has success mixing in some sweet moments with all the vulgar ones. There are laughs to be had, but just not enough to offset the over-the-top profanity or the boorish and annoying behavior of Ron and Kyla. A little restraint in spots could have helped me like this movie more.
FINAL RATING: TWO OUT OF FOUR STARS
Watch the trailer here.
Hopefully you & your family found this review helpful! Andy Farnsworth is the movie and pop culture guy for the KSL 5 Today morning news show and also hosts the Fan Effect podcast for KSL NewsRadio. Check out some of his other in-depth reviews of movies and streaming TV series on KSLTV.com.