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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)


10/10: Clark Finally Wins
Sunday, December 6, 2020

As someone who went to the theatre in '89 to see this, and had it on VHS, then DVD when it was available, I still watch this every Christmas Season. It's definitely in my top 5 Christmas movies, and my top 20 comedies.So what could I possibly add in 2020, that hasn't been mentioned before? Not much.Still, as I watch this for the millionth time (thank you cable TV and legal weed), I've decided to officially chime in.After an arguably disappointing sequel, this third 'Vacation' instalment comes back with a super-clutch performance. Think 'walk off home run, in the bottom of the ninth to win the game', level of salvation.As a fan of National Lampoon during its heyday, this was such a nice 'win' for the franchise. Even though by that point, The Lampoon was past it's prime, this movie really tied a bow on the Doug Kenney (RIP)/Chevy Chase...

10/10: Merrry Christmas from Chevy Chase
Monday, January 19, 2004

I don't know how anyone could ever go in life without seeing Christmas Vacation, it's one of the necessary movies you have to watch during the holidays. The reason being is that everyone can relate to this movie in one way or another. Who hasn't had their crazy family over during the holiday season? Well, that's Christmas Vacation, one of the funniest movies you will ever see. You think that Vacation topped it off with the laughs, believe me when I say that you've seen nothing yet. With an all star cast that clicked so well, you couldn't go wrong going on a great Christmas Vacation with the Griswolds.Clark Griswold has really got the Christmas spirit this year, and his wife Ellen, son Rusty, and daughter Audrey have noticed that. Clark has invited Ellen's parents Art and Francis Smith, his own parents Clark and Nora Griswold, and his Aunt Bethany and Uncle...

10/10: subtle funny parts
Saturday, April 9, 2005

We watch this movie every Christmas on Christmas Eve (the whole family gets together).We laugh harder every year as we unpeel the humorous layers of this film.Watch for when Clark's wife checks out Snot's balls.It's hilarious.How about when Eddie returns with Clark's boss and kicks him in the ass as they walk up the path to the house.How about these quotes: "Why is there water everywhere Todd?" " I don't know Margeaux." The Ray Charles Christmas song during the attic scene is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard.His voice is so sweet.The eyes crossed,kicked by a mule,falls in a well comment still cracks me up.I love it when Clark's Dad says that if he (Clark) needs any help that he (Dad) will be up in his room taking a nap.How about the office scene? "Good morning ,kiss my ass,kiss his...

9/10: Yearly Favorite
Monday, November 18, 2019

We all have our holiday favorites, movies or TV shows that we revisit each and every year, and this is mine. This is the story of the Griswalds and their debacle that is Christmas. Clark, Ellen, Audrey and Rusty set out to have "an old fashioned family Christmas", when all hell breaks loose, as is par for the course with this family. Both Clark's and Ellen's parents are invited and cousin Eddie and his family crash the party. To me, this is the best of the Vacation movies. Even thirty years on most of the humor is still current enough to be relevant. Even though I will be watching this for the 30th time this year, I know I will still laugh along with their mishaps. If you have not yet welcomed this into your yearly holiday viewing, please do so this year and be ready to laugh

9/10: It could happen to you
Monday, October 20, 2008

The holidays are the hot time for those who love family to gather, and make merry. For the other 90% of the population it's a hassle, a burden, and frankly a pain in the butt. Without a doubt we've all experienced the "worst Christmas ever" but probably not like the Griswolds. This is without a doubt one of my favorite holiday films because even though family gatherings can be a pain, it's always there to (hilariously) remind me to be grateful.This is without a doubt one of my favorite Chevy Chase movies, and it puts newer "National Lampoon" titles to shame. If you're a "deadpan comedy" fan and haven't seen this movie you owe it to yourself to wait until it gets cold, start a fire, and pop in this movie

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