“Vacation Friends” is a brand new adult comedy that stars Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji, as Marcus and Emily, who head to Mexico on vacation. When they befriend Ron and Kyla, played by John Cena and Meredith Hagner, everything changes for them, as they start to embrace their wild side, loosening up, with the help of drinks and drugs.
After a wild week in Mexico, the couples go their separate ways, promising to see one another again, but they never do… Until 7 months later, Ron and Kyla turn up uninvited to Marcus and Emily’s wedding. Causing more mayhem and chaos, proving that what happens on vacation, doesn’t necessarily stay on vacation.
This is the first 20th Century Studios film to be released onto Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ as a Star Original. And in the current climate, it makes a lot of sense for Disney to release the film in this way. It’s a perfect film to just sit back and enjoy at home. Sometimes it can be a little too predictable and you can see where the film is going a mile off, but it’s still a fun ride along the way.
In a time when most of us can’t head off to sunnier climates and enjoy a “normal” vacation, this is about as close as many of us can get. And as someone who loves vacationing in Mexico, it was rather nice just seeing characters enjoying themselves in a semi-normal way.
I’ve been a big fan of John Cena since his debut in the WWE, and usually, he plays a pretty straightforward nice guy. While his character Ron isn’t a bad guy, he makes some questionable decisions, and the team really lean in on the idea of him being a big jock who just wants to have fun. He’s a great character and was a stand out for me.
Before watching the film, I didn’t know who the other three actors are, but they all have a history in comedy, so they keep the film funny throughout with little one-liners and bouncing off one another. They really looked like they all had fun making the film, as it translates to the screen.
The film is a bit crude and full of stupid moments, but I really enjoyed it. There are loads of funny moments throughout the movie that made me laugh. It’s not the greatest movie, and I’m not sure it’s a film I would watch again, but I’m really glad I watched it. It’s stupid, it’s funny, and ultimately, that’s exactly what I wanted from this film. Just sit back, have a drink and enjoy an adult comedy, with jokes kids certainly shouldn’t see, its rated R for a reason.
“Vacation Friends” is a fun adult comedy that doesn’t take itself seriously and delivers plenty of chuckles along the way. It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve just watched a stupid adult film and just had a laugh, which is exactly what we need right now.
Rating – 4 out of 5.