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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.
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.
Driven by a top-of-his-game Chevy Chase, "National Lampoon's Vacation" is a memorably enjoyable beginning to a franchise that would peak two films later. Creating the iconic Clark Griswold, Chase delivers a dad whose place in cinema is defined by a predilection for invoking Murphy's Law and an awe-shucks, regular-guy nature that translates into solid, sometimes giddy comedy.
Loading a four-person brood into the family station wagon, Harold Ramis's film follows the cross-country adventures of Clark and company as they head to the theme park, Walley World, for a much-needed vacation. Beset by issues including backwoods cousins, deceased canines, and attractive blondes, everything that can go wrong does on the way to potential domestic rest and relaxation.
The story works as…
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…
Holiday rooooAAAAOOOoooaaaoooaaaooooad. Holiday rooooAAAAOOOoooaaaoooaaaooooad.
There's one scene here that now (and then too, frankly) is in such poor taste, where the Griswolds get lost on the "wrong side of town" and a bunch of African Americans steal their hubcaps and give them bad directions. It's just awful (on his commentary track, which was recorded at least a decade ago, Harold Ramis claimed he no longer would have put that scene in the movie; I can only imagine what he would have said now). That sequence alone requires *at least* a one-star deduction. Maybe two. Maybe more.
The rest has its moments. The last sequence at Walley World is the part I still love and I'm not even sure why. Maybe it taps into some kind of empty theme park fantasy. Or I just love CHARIOTS OF FIRE references.
"National Lampoon's Vacation" perfectly executes and takes full advantage of its premise, thanks to likable characters, smart writing, and a great cast.
Harold Ramis injects this family road trip comedy with a great deal of energy, enough likeability, and terrific performances from its cast, all together making this a memorable family trip. Granted, the films comedy doesn't always work, and the darker moments are shocking enough to work best.
Another good one here. lol I've watched the same amount of films on the first day of December as I did the whole month of November #woops
I just love chevy chase. All his films. Especially this, an icon of pop culture. Simple, funny, funny and with some boobs. What more could you ask for?
An excellent old school comedy.
We've all been here....well not here exactly but somewhere along these line. Your parents only ever want to make you happy. And they want to support their spouse too. It's an unwritten rule somewhere between the lines of the U.S. Constitution that all Parents must endure hell and, at least once, appease their children with a grueling trek to Disney World/Land. Most sane people fly, but then there's the one overconfident rube, that decides they can make it a fun road trip for the whole family. Always by the end of that trip, God help you if you make it out alive. You stop at places that were cool 30 years ago, you hold it in for hours on end,…
This childhood favorite is a real turkey, saved only by John Candy's all-too-brief appearance as a security guard and the final appearance of Eddie Bracken. And to think of all the years I held this film in high esteem. Innocence lost!
I must say the poster is the only reason I watched this movie.
First film I've ever seen Chevy Chase in. What a legend! The film itself was... watchable. Still holding up ok. Most likely not going to watch the sequels or 2015 remake.
Pretty dumb, but mildly entertaining at points. This movie's worst offense is kick starting the "National Lampoon's *Shitty Movie*" tradition.
The vacation road trip from hell. Some laughs along the way.
Harold Ramis directs Chevy Chase through this comedy road trip
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