In honor of the new “Vacation” movie coming out this summer, I thought I’d do a quick ranking of the best Rusty Griswolds ever. This doesn’t take into account success they’ve had after their respective movies came out; just who was the most entertaining Rusty in a “Vacation” movie.
1) Anthony Michael Hall, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
The original. Who could top his stammering Rusty?
2) Ethan Embry, “Vegas Vacation”
Nick Papagorgio from Uma, Arizona. A Rusty without much interaction with Clark and Ellen Griswold, Nick was the luckiest guy in Vegas:
3) Jason Lively, “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”
A mix of Anthony Michael Hall’s uncomfortable speech patterns and Embry’s quiet confidence. Loses points because I had to google “European Vacation Rusty” to find out his name.
4) Johnny Galecki, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
Before he was cashing “Roseanne” and “Big Bang Theory” paychecks. Galecki had all of, what, three lines in this Christmas classic.
Not Ranked – Ed Helms
Too soon to tell, but hopefully he makes this into a sequel a lot closer to “European Vacation” than “The Hangover III.”
Bonus clip: My favorite scene from “European Vacation,” just because: