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Vacation reboot highlights travel movies of years past

Ed Helms’ Vacation film opens this week in theaters and while it may not be a cinematic achievement worth watching, it does remind me how much I enjoy road trip movies and movies centered around travel.

Helms is a funny guy and Christina Applegate seems like she’d be worthy as Beverly DeAngelo’s replacement. It even includes a cameo from Chevy Chase. I was offended when I found out there would be a new version of this story, but as time as gone by it just seems like perfectly acceptable summer movie fodder.

So, in the spirit of that here’s a look at some great travel movies:

Vacation – The Rolls Royce of summer travel movies, this is the movie that is the one you stop to watch when flipping channels. From Cousin Eddie and his Hamburger Helper that does just fine by itself to Chevy Chase’s pool shenanigans with Christie Brinkley, it's still a riot 32 years after its release.

The Out of Towners – The classic Jack Lemon and Sandy Dennis version is 45 years old but still holds up today. Avoid the remake at all costs.

The Great Outdoors – Dak Aykroyd steals the show as uncle Roman the wise cracking braggadocio who isn’t as rich as he makes himself out to be.

Easy Rider – Definitely not a comedy, but easily the best road movie of all time.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – A must around Thanksgiving, this one remains a classic. From shower curtain rings to lost rental car agreements, it’s as funny as it ever was.

Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›