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National Lampoon's Vacation
Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.
The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.
This is just a note that I realized what needs to be done to make this a truly great film: instead of making it to Walley World, the family stops at a rest stop to take a quick nap. Then proceeds the ending of Fat Girl, except with the Griswold family. Please, someone remake this shot for shot from these two movies.
Besides a charismatic performance from Chevy Chase and some solid pacing, National Lampoon's Vacation is still a painfully unfunny comedy due to numerous moments that felt too far-fetched to the point where I was too busy questioning the scene rather than laughing at it.
And fuck that easy ending.
There was something beautiful and loathsome of a long cross country car trip; the cramped space, the numbing pain on your bottom and legs, the constant bickering with your sibling, the endless view of empty nature, the frequent rest stops, the nightly rest at a motel, the simple and tasty sandwiches, the iconic jams of your parents’ pastime tunes, the exhilaration of closely reaching the ultimate destination, exploring and experiencing something new, the awkwardly forced but warmly nostalgic photographs, the cherished mementos that are picked up along the way, the unprepared spending of emergency materials, the timely gas stops, the breeze that enters into the backseat window, the disagreement in the course of the vacation, and the uneven relationship with…
"National Lampoon's Vacation" perfectly executes and takes full advantage of its premise, thanks to likable characters, smart writing, and a great cast.
One of the most rewatchable, quotable and flat out hilarious comedies of the 80's. Chevy Chase makes for an incredibly likeable lead, it's entertaining as hell and there's a countless amount of absolutely hysterical and memorable scenes and moments. Just so much fun to watch.
A comedic telling of one man, his family and his mission to get to WallyWorld.
This was a first time watch for me, as I'm far more familiar with National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase is a riot here, and he has some facial expressions that rival even the great Jim Carey.
For anyone that says all modern comedies as swearing, boobs and physical humour... Well, I hate to break it to you, but they were doing it back in the 80s too!
Can't wait to complete the full series of movies.
The 2nd best of the National Lampoon series, with "Christmas Vacation" being the best one (in my opinion). It's good, but I also think there are a lot of opportunities to take jokes a little further. There are laughs, but nothing I would consider hilarious or all that memorable, especially when comparing it to "Christmas Vacation".
I had forgotten about the dog piss sandwiches scene - I guess the recent sequel "Vacation" took the next logical step down with its cesspool scene.
One of the best and classic comedy movies of the US. Vacation manages to balance out tons of dark humor with a family focused roadmovie about a seemingly normal family from your neighbourhood.
The satire about philistinism and US sightseeing, written by John Hughes and directed by Harold Ramis never looses their bonds to the reality of its protagonists. Because you can identify with its main characters and their development the movie is far more than a gag parade. Also Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are awesome in their roles.
Apart from very few scenes that are over the top (especially some bad sound design) this movie is a fun ride through the United States from the beginning to its end.
A hilarious movie that can never get old.
A cheeky comedy with a lot of funny moments that land and very good comedy sequences.
"National Lampoon's Vacation" is clever and fun for the whole family.
This was my first time seeing this movie all the way through, believe it or not, and I was pretty satisfied with it. I think I still prefer Christmas Vacation, but this is a fairly funny film as well. The sense of screwball and bad luck humor from director Harold Ramis and screenwriter John Hughes is very strong and handled well, and Chevy Chase remains consistently funny and entertaining to watch as Clark Griswold. I wouldn't say National Lampoon's Vacation is a particularly great comedy or even necessarily a laugh riot, but it is consistent in its laughs and manages to make even the most uncomfortable and unfortunate situations funny in some way, and that's the mot you can ask for from a movie like this.
Wonderfully plotted with great situations throughout and the Griswolds are a memorable comedy creation, but the hard truth is I just didn't do much laughing this time round.
National Lampoons Vacation follows Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) who decides to take his family on the road trip of a lifetime to the family theme park: Wally World.
I watched this 80's classic road trip movie a couple days ago for the first time and I absolutely loved it
I'm sure most of us knows what it feels like to go on a road trip crammed in a car for hours on end, wondering one simple question: Are We there yet? Well I know I can relate. This summer I went on a family vacation and we drove from Toronto to Disney World (which was about a 24 hour drive!), and we went on some crazy adventures getting there.
National Lampoon's Vacation takes me back to a simpler time: Harold Ramis was alive, comedies were funny, Beverly D'Angelo was hot, and Randy Quaid was only crazy on-screen.
Though not the mile-a-minute, laugh out loud uproar it sometimes is credited as being, this is still a damn fine comedy with plenty of laughs and Christie Brinkley.
Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far...
Based upon the side gag short story dubbed ‘Vacation ‘58’ from the National Lampoon's magazine, I wasn't surprised that this film felt like a feature length sketch show, which had been turned into a crazy supercut of insanity mixed with far-fetched characters and short-fused situations. I was, however, surprised at how well the hilarity translated to the screen without feeling too fragmented or frustrating. I’m not trying to make a pitch perfect parallel here, but this movie felt familiar to the approach in The Blues Brothers, as well as having the same kind of clear cut concept and caricatures. It does make sense…
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