The Griswold family is set to celebrate the holidays like never before, in`National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,' directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik andwritten by John Hughes. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) has decided to have atraditional, old-fashioned family Christmas, and has invited his parents andin-laws to stay with them through the season. He has a surprise he wants toshare with everyone this year; with his Christmas bonus from work, he'sputting in a pool, to which he's already committed the down-payment money(so the bonus had better come through, big time, or he's `in it up tohere'). To kick off the season, he takes Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and thekids, Audrey (Juliette Lewis) and Rusty (Johnny Galecki) to the mountains tofind the perfect `Griswold family Christmas tree. And it's only the firstof one hilarious scene after another, as we follow Clark and clan throughone long laugh-fest, filled with surprises and fun. Chase is at his best here, in the most enduring (and endearing) characterhe's ever done; Clark the Everyman, who only wants the best things for hisfamily and himself, but whose plans more often than not go awry, doomed tofall just short of realization. When he decorates the outside of the house,he uses 25,000 twinkle lights; they use enough juice to black-out an entireneighborhood, and they do (once he can get them to work). Then when cousinEddie (Randy Quaid) and cousin Catherine (Miriam Flynn) show up unexpectedlyin the `RV' they now call home, Eddie asks Clark if he's surprised to seehim. Surprised? Eddie is the last person on earth Clark expected, orwanted, to see. `Eddie,' he tells him, `I couldn't be more surprised if Iwoke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet.' Anothermemorable scene involves a wild squirrel who came in with the Christmas treeand proceeds to make his appearance during dinner, only to provoke a wildromp upstairs and down as they all pursue (and in some cases try to elude)the deadly invader. A terrific cast was assembled for this movie, but Quaid is the stand-out,and he perfects the Eddie character in this one; forever the lamebrain withthe big heart, and the one who takes the situation in hand when Clark'sbonus turns out to be an enrollment in a jelly-of-the-month club. Clark'sparents are played by Diane Ladd (Nora) and John Randolph (Clark, Sr.), andEllen's by Doris Roberts (Frances) and E.G. Marshall (Art). Other notableperformances are turned in by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Margo) and Nicholas Guest(Todd), as Clark's yuppie next door neighbors, and also by William Hickey(Uncle Lewis) and Mae Questel (Aunt Bethany). Rounding out the supportingcast are Nicolette Scorsese (Mary), Cody Burger (Rocky), Ellen HamiltonLatzen (Ruby Sue) and Brian Doyle-Murray (Frank Shirley). `NationalLampoon's Christmas Vacation' is timeless comedy, a must for every videocollection. It can be watched over and over again, and the humor staysfresh while the laughs get even bigger. There's a little bit of everyfamily in here, and this movie may be just the tonic you'll need some day toget you through your own `special' holiday season. I rate this one 10/10.
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Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
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- Genre: Comedy |
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- Size: 651.71M
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- Language: English
- Run Time: 97
- IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
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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.
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Reviewed byjhcluesVote: 10/10/10
Christmas Vacation is one of the best Christmas comedies that I have seen. Now that it has been 20 years since it was released, I think it is safe to say it has attained classic status.
Christmas Vacation follows the Griswald family dealing with Christmas. Unlike the other vacation films the Griswalds don't travel anywhere. They have Christmas right at home. However just because they don't travel doesn't mean that it isn't a funny movie.
The film is about Clark Griswald (played by Chevy Chase who does his role perfectly) trying to create the perfect Christmas for his family. However much like the other films things constantly go wrong or don't succeed. As the film goes on the mishaps become worse and funnier by the second.
Christmas Vacation is a hilarious film that will have you laughing constantly. It is possibly the best of the Vacation films and is well worth watching.
The film has several references to the original National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: opening scene, with the family singing in the car, is similar to an early scene in the original Vacation; their car flying over snowbank is similar to car flying over roadblock in Arizona in Vacation; another befuddled, elderly aunt drops in, but the movie is good enough that it doesn't become a rehash of the first film.
It takes its time getting started; the first thirty minutes are hit and miss, but after that, it gets good, and the final thirty minutes are hilarious.
Aunt Bethany is introduced with some funny lines ("Is your house on fire?" she cheerfully asks upon seeing 25.000 Christmas lights on it) but filmmakers wisely avoided a repeat of Aunt Edna from the original, as this confused granny lives happily through the holiday.
Speaking of *holiday*, 'Holiday Road' worked well in the original Vacation, was tired and formulaic in Euro Vacation, and was wisely avoided here, and replaced with a wonderful original score.
The music, and the overall tone of the entire film, is sentimental without being overly sappy; Clark watching old home movies of his youth has just the right amount of sentiment, then it was ended perfectly with a well done gag.
Uncle Lewis is a delightful Grinch, with his strangled voice and deadpan delivery of lines which could have been painfully unfunny complaints, but his delivery and timing makes them work.
The kids are great replacements, upgrades, for the two awful, nitwit kids in Euro Vacation.
My favourite film in the National Lampoon's Vacation series, and probably my favourite Christmas movie, also.