National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Yule crack up.
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
This one is a little hard for me to review. I feel that way whenever I try to review a film I'm so familiar with.
I'll admit that my rating is probably a little too generous and had this been a first watch I'm almost sure that it would be knocked down a star. But I just can't separate the film from the yuletide feelings and memories it inspires and that alone is worth the high rating.
I've never seen another Vacation film but from what I've heard, it's like the other films in the series just presented in a Christmas setting. Chevy Chase is funny,…
I've watched this movie so many times over the years that I essentially know it frame-by-frame, and yet it still makes me laugh like mad each and every time.
It's also interesting to me how my appreciation of it has changed as I've grown from an 11 year-old (who was primarily interested in the Wile E. Coyote-inspired physical comedy, Christmas imagery, and Chevy Chase's wild-eyed rants) to a 34 year-old, who appreciates just how good of a depiction of family life and both the good and the bad of the busy holiday season this is. Oh yeah, I still love the physical comedy, too.
I also always forget until I see the opening credits that the screenplay was written by John Hughes. No wonder it's so funny (and that Juliette Lewis, as the Griswolds' glum teenage daughter, gets many of the best lines!)
A quintessential Holiday classic. This gets watched every year, and never loses it's relevancy. This is even the basis for the new Old Navy Holiday commercials, so that speaks volumes (or does it?)
One might say that Randy Quaid's Eddie is the movie's highlight, but after recent events I believe Randy was just being himself. Crazy doesn't take acting ability, that's called being lucky that someone will pay you to hang out.
The true scene stealers are Aunt Bethany and Uncle Lewis. These two characters could've just been throw-aways, but truly give the funniest performances.
Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Jeremiah S. Chechik made his directing feature film debut with the third and last good National Lampoon's Vacation film. Chechik has the distinction of being nominated for Worst Director at the 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards for The Avengers but lost it to none other then Gus Van Sant.
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is everything good and bad that entails being the All-American dad turned up to 11. All he wants is to create the ideal Christmas for his highly dysfunctional family which he both loves and…
Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!!! Merry Christmas from The Griswolds!
This is like the Looney Tunes of Christmas movies but for adults. As much as this is shown on regular cable television every year around this time, I have never seen it nor any of the National Lampoon films.
For being such a Christmas classic, I was not entirely impressed. The film was entertaining and provided a few laughs and chuckles but it eventually felt predictable and used the same gag over and over. Chevy Chase also came across as too fake and annoying. I know his character much like the movie itself is poking fun at the commercial and materialistic Christmas and how it is anything but a happy and joyous time with all of the stress and pressure…
Every Christmas, my family watches this.
Yule love it.
We tune into Christmas Vacation looking for some laughs for the holiday season, and it delivers by the sleigh load. Comedies can be a difficult thing, and people won’t always laugh at the very same joke if the rest of the film hasn’t been up to par. There’s a snowball effect, in which the more you make people laugh, the more you can make them laugh. Christmas Vacation puts the audience in the right mood with its animated title sequence, and never lets up from there. It's one of my favorite films. Read my full review to find out why.
This film is by far my favorite comedy film but best if watched with family and friends.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
What do you get when you mix unfunny humor, no vacationing, and Juliette Lewis?
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It has Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid, but that's about it.
Best Christmas movie ever??? I think so. I'm not sure how they did it cause I wasn't too high on the first two films, but this one just knocks everything out of the park. Giving Quaid a lot more screen time probably helped, cause he's just goofy fun.
Galecki and Lewis are probably the most famous of all the Griswold children. Louis-Dreyfuss as the neighbor is a lot of fun.
Some of the rants Chase goes on in this are legendary. I don't want to ruin anything else, you simply must see this. You don't have to have seen either of the films before it as all the Vacation films are pretty much stand alone films. This is the best of the five films.
Silly christmas classic
slapstick through and through
not much else to say
My all time favorite Christmas movie. The german voice-over is even funnier than the original.