There is a small yet wonderful group of the greatest movie serials ever filmed that are eligible for inclusion in the category of Vacation Friends. The year 1997 has been an exciting time for fans of comedies and this particular series of Mexico based movies was one of the most beloved. No doubt about it, these movies were the real deal. The real magic happened during the last act of the movie where two unlikely characters finally come together to play a great game of golf before closing out their fantastic vacation in Mexico.
Some of the finest movies that showcase Mexico as a vacation spot is Invictus, Easy Rider, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure as well as Dumb and Dumber. If your favorite movie of all-time is Invictus then you will definitely enjoy watching Invictus in the form of Vacation Friends. This is basically a cluster of three different comedies that star Matt Damon and Ben Affleck and also have a number of other fine actors attached to the cast.
In Invictus, Matt Damon plays the title role of Alex Cross who travels to a small fishing village after his friend Mark gets killing. While there he slowly falls in love with the local girl, played by Julia Roberts, who unfortunately is not interested in going on a fishing trip with him. Once there, she insists that they go hunting instead so they can capture a big fish. While they are on their way Mark gets kidnapped and Alex must rescue him before a storm hits the area. This is a fantastic, adult movie with an excellent plot that manages to include humor and romance while also maintaining a feeling of adventure.
In the second film of this series, Easy Rider, which is also subtitled Invictus, Ben Affleck plays the title role of John Rider who is an ex-fugitive who travels back to the United States following his release from a prison camp. As a former rodeo bull rider, he has a strong desire to get back out in the saddle but is told by his friend Dusty that the only way he can ever get a ride is if he wins some kickboxing tournaments. The movie is an absolute delight as he effortlessly brawls his way through the competition while also taking on the toughest women in the arena. This movie follows his journey up until the very end, which is when he finally realizes that winning isn't everything that's important in life. He chooses to give up and enjoy his life with his new BFFs.
Finally, in the last Vacation Friends movie, Dave, it chronicles the last year of the lives of two high school friends who completely change their lives. Dave (Affleck) is a loner who barely spends time with his closest friends, let alone has any romantic encounters. His best friend Ryan (Damon) has become a womanizer who spends much of his time at a tanning salon. Meanwhile, Alex (Damon) has been a stay at home mom for ten years and doesn't leave her daughter anywhere. After spending several months at her friend's house, Ryan's girlfriend leaves him and uses Alex as a willing pimp. Now, as the two begin to bicker and fight, the attraction between them becomes undeniable and Dave makes the decision that he needs to make this relationship his own, by involving his old friend, Dusty.
Vacation Friends is a hilarious movie that would make any fan of the Coen brothers' work look twice. While some viewers might find the fighting and language a little too much, for others it is an enjoyable and light-hearted comedy that would make any moviegoer smile and get a good vibe from. The Coens are masters at creating characters that are funny but not mean-spirited, and that allow the audience to laugh at the right things without worrying about offending anyone. The movie has a lot of heart, as well as some good vibes, and is a must-see movie for all age groups, especially children. Just make sure not to faint from the laughter.