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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  • victoria-garcia
    victoria garcia

    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.

  • lidia-ene
    lidia ene

    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 f*cking 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. We’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas ever! It’s that time of year again! You can’t celebrate Christmas without watching National Lampoon Christmas Vacation, first! Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon magazine, “Christmas ’59”. This movie is notable for being the only one of the Vacation series to take place at the Griswold home which gives the vacation concept, something new. Some people think as this movie as a reboot than a sequel. The film tells the story of Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) whom is trying to create the best Christmas for his family, but everything, he wants to happen, go against his favor. Can Clark Griswold make the best Christmas holiday for his family or will it turn out to be another disaster? Watch it, to find out. Without spoiling the film, too much. The movie is a great watch. Most of the humors hit the funny bone than miss to me. I love the animated opening credits with the Christmas vacation theme. Apparently even Santa Claus isn’t immune to the comic misfortune. I love the slapstick humor has for Clark. Clark trying to set up Christmas lightings is probably the highlight of the film. The movie was very smart in its recycle on old jokes like the Easter eggs, Wally World Cups. Still, other old clichés felt a little overused by other films at the time such as the dog humping scene. Even, Mele Kalikimaka pool sequence was kinda overused. It remind me, of the pool sequence from 1982’s Fast Time at Ridgemont High. It wasn’t really funny. The fan service, Mary’s (Nicolette Scorsese) scenes are hot, but it could be taken out, in my opinion as it has nothing to bring to the table. She’s no Christie Brinkley. Some people might not like the dark crude raunchy humor, the movie brings. After all, it does have a cat getting killed on screen and an elderly man getting catch on fire. This movie might not be for everybody. If you got small children, this movie might not be for them with all the sex, violence and harsh language themes. A parent should judge for themselves, if this movie is alright for their children. For the most part, it felt like a PG-13. The movie is well acted. The original cast is just as good as they were in the original previous movie. Chevy Chase is awesome as the everyman father, who just wanted to give the best Christmas ever to his family, but has to fight so much to do it. In my opinion, this is Chevy Chase’s greatest film. Supporting characters like Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), were alright for the most part, despite her, being the submissive of sorts, type of wife. The children, Aubrey (Juliette Lewis) and Rusty (Johnny Galecki) were kinda forgettable as they are given little to no screen time. It’s seem like in every Vacation movie, new actors are always playing the Griswold’s children. It can be a bit confusing as Rusty and Audrey’s age differ from film to film. In this film, Audrey tends to be older, despite Rusty being older in the previous two films. Anyways, the previous Griswold’s children actors really didn’t do much, after their film. At less, these actors went on to become bigger names in the industry. One of the most entertaining part of the film, had to come with Randy Quaid’s character of Cousin Eddie who comes back from the original film to plays the opposite of Chevy Chase’s straight man character as the scene-stealing slob. He wasn’t too annoying or unlikeable. Quaid did the right amount of balance. Other people worth noting is Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the yippie neighbor, Margo Chester, whom always get accident abuse from the Griswold. She was funny. The movie has way too much elder characters to remember. Those could be cut down, or written better. The only ones, I can remember are Francis (Doris Roberts), Bethany (Mae Questel), Lewis (William Hickey) and Art (E.G. Marshall). All of them add their own bits of amusement. Overall: Having seen the previous two films in the Lampoon series. 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation & 1985’s National Lampoon’s European Vacation. I was delighted, this film was really enjoyable. In my opinion, it’s the best comedy in the National Lampoon series as a whole. It was not a disappointment, like the sequel, 2003’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure & 1997’s National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation. Since its release in 1989, Christmas Vacation has often been labeled as a modern Christmas classic. This film should definitely raise your spirits and give thanks that your Christmas isn’t as stressful as the Griswold.

    • anonymous

      Wow, you must get straight A’s at school.

  • aki-savolainen
    aki savolainen

    Going back to the 1930s, Hollywood has produced some very good humorous holiday films. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has more laughs than any that I have seen. Year after year, this movie continues to regale me over the holidays. Come Thanksgiving each year, I start checking my DVD list and begin playing my favorite holiday flicks. I like to save Christmas Vacation until close to Christmas. After my children and their families have finished most of the hectic shopping for Christmas, this is a good film to sit down to for some laughs. This is an adult film – in much of the humor and some of the language and actions. We will show it to kids when they reach their teens, with explanations and reminders about foul language or disrespectful parts. There is a genius in the writing of this film that combines occasional witty dialog with side talking built around slapstick and other situations. The situations and characters are sources of many laughs. It’s all built around Clark Griswold, played to perfection by Chevy Chase. This is one of those rare original films that makes a hit and lasts so long that no one would think to try to do a remake. Indeed, who could equal or top the humor of this story as given us by this great cast? I can’t imagine Clark Griswold as anyone other than Chevy Chase. Or Eddie played by anyone other than Randy Quaid. Or even the yuppie neighbors, Todd and Margo as played by Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis- Dreyfus, respectively. All the cast contribute to the humor, but it all revolves around Clark Griswold. This is a wonderful laugh-out-loud comedy that never seems to wear out. Of course it might if one were to play it incessantly during the year, instead of holding it for the holidays.

  • jakob-jovanovic
    jakob jovanovic

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation not only stands as one of the best Christmas movie staples around the holiday season, it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. This is the third entry in the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, and it follows the Griswold family setting up their house for the arrival of their relatives. Along the way, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) encounters a few situations that hilariously go wrong. The comedy is inventively funny, as it takes some of the recurring jokes in the Vacation movies and refreshes them for the holiday theme. The acting talent is brilliant. Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Miriam Flynn all reprise their roles from the previous Vacation movies, Cape Fear’s Juliette Lewis and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki step into the roles of Audrey and Rusty this time around, and there are supporting performances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brian Doyle-Murray, Doris Roberts, and Mae Questel. Each performer does great in their roles, especially Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie, who steals most of the scenes. And the writing is incredible, as it balances out the comedy with moments of Clark trying to realize the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas Vacation is one of 5 sequels in the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise, and it’s easily the best one. It may not eclipse the first Vacation movie, but with its holiday theme, it stands on its own. It’s a timeless classic that continues to hold up today, and it has managed to stand as one of the best Christmas movies, as well as one of the funniest movies of all-time.Score: 99/100Recommendation: The highest of recommendations

  • morgan-morales
    morgan morales

    “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a Christmas classic, and there is no denying it. It is one of those movies that you just have to watch year after year come Christmas time. And the movie never gets old, no matter how many times you have seen it.Following in the tradition of the previous “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movies, also starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, the 1989 “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is every bit as hilarious, enjoyable and entertaining as the previous movies. And if you have seen the previous movies, which I assume you have as they are also classics, then you will immediately love “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” as well.The Griswold family is hosting a big family gathering for the Christmas holidays and have everything planned out, from decorating the house to the grand feast. But of course everything goes awry for Clark and the family, true to the Griswold family streak of bad luck and misfortune.What works out so well for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” is a combination of things. First of all, the storyline is good and hilarious, with some truly wonderful situations playing out on the screen. But it is also a gallery of some magnificent characters with lots of personalities and quirks, and it is characters that easily can be identified with members of your own family. And it is, of course, also the comedy that is ever-present throughout the entire movie. There are so many laughs throughout the entire movie, and it is fabulous because it is laughs that you enjoy every year as you watch this Christmas classic.Chevy Chase is of course the embodiment of Clark W. Griswold and he carries this role with grace and perfection. And Beverly D’Angelo is right alongside him in her role as Ellen Griswold, his wife. And she not only compliments Chevy Chase, but she also stands her own ground quite well. Furthermore there are great performances by Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis, Randy Quaid, Doris Roberts, John Randolph and William Hickey to name but a few of the performers who shine here in this movie.”National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” has truly withstood the test of time and stands out as a classic movie to brighten up Christmas year after year.

  • wendy-stevens-read
    wendy stevens read

    One of the many movies ya have to watch every Christmas

  • g-zha-andreeva-anastasiia-vladislavovna
    g zha andreeva anastasiia vladislavovna

    29 years ago one of the funniest Christmas films was made and we have all been laughing at it ever since. This film is in My top 10 Christmas Films and the reason…its a side splitting film, so many funny scenes and from start to finish it makes me laugh.Its just a film that holds its own in this day and age where we have billions spent on films and CGI thrown in from every angle. This is no such film but its unbeatable in many ways and i think every year there is always a challenge to be the next best film ever….This story is of a Vacation to be spent at a house with the whole family including the pets, what could go wrong and does makes it a hilarious family film….well worth a watch and highly entertaining.

  • agape-tsetou
    agape tsetou

    One of the greats ..wouldn’t be Christmas without it ….but why are they now calling it National Lampoons Winter Holiday …the title song is Christmas vacation ! are they gonna change that too = Stupid !!

  • hugo-brandt-schou
    hugo brandt schou

    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 Lewis to spend the holidays at the Griswold house in Chicago. But in spite of all the good intentions and careful planning, Christmas plans start to go awry: crazy squirrels, SWAT teams, burning Christmas trees, an over cooked turkey and of course a visit from the world’s favorite white trash with a heart of gold Cousin Eddie! A Christmas ride not to be missed with the Griswold family.One of the things I just adore about this movie is the little touches they put in the film: the grandparents falling asleep to an old Christmas movie playing on TV, the anxiety you feel as the doorbell rings knowing who’s going to be behind it, and the little awkwardness during dinner when you hear everyone chewing their food. Chevy Chase is still such a pervert of course going for the hot sales lady instead of Cristy Brinkley this time, but you can’t help but love and laugh at his fantasy in the back yard while the whole family is swimming in his most wanted work bonus: a family sized pool. He maybe a crazy pervert at times, but you feel the love he has for his family and how badly he wants Christmas to be perfect.There are some great laughs in this movie: a squirrel gets caught in the Christmas tree that Clark brings in and it attacks the family and neighbors! Clark gets upset that there is no Christmas bonus so his cousin Eddie kidnaps Clark’s boss, wraps him in a bow and gives him to Clark so he could kick him in the butt! A cat chews on the Christmas lights and gets electrocuted under the chair. But if you also get past all the slap stick humor, you still feel the Christmas message at the end, that despite all the craziness that comes around Christmas, don’t forget what it’s really about: peace and love. A wonderful ending and a perfect movie for Christmas that I watch every year, Christmas Vacation is definitely in Santa’s movie collection somewhere.10/10

  • tessa-vos
    tessa vos

    I remember renting ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ from a video store back in the late eighties and again in the early nineties (until I figured it was simply more convenient and cost effective to buy a VHS copy and watch it whenever I want). I was young at the time and clearly loved its slightly dumb, cheesy humour (plus I was a fan of the two previous ‘Vacation’ films, but you don’t actually have to have watched either of those to watch this one – you’ll just not be one of us who get confused at the repeated new casting of the kids, Audrey and Rusty). However, for some reason, the film didn’t survive my eventual binning of my tapes and buying everything again on DVD. Therefore, I was delighted when a popular online streaming service put it on their schedule in time for the festive season.It was only now did I realise how much I must have watched it back when I was young, as I knew the script practically word for word. So, in short, I still loved it and was in nostalgia heaven. And I could almost leave the review there if it wasn’t for the fact that I was watching it now with my girlfriend who had never seen it before in her life. She hated it.Therefore, I was sort of forced to re-evaluate it and, although I maintain my love for it, try to see what some people may find wrong with it. Yes, the jokes are dumb. It’s sort of like the ‘American Pie’ of its generation. It’s definitely not high-brown entertainment and you have to accept that you’re going to be watching a buffoon at work when it comes to the central character, played by Chevy Chase, Clark Griswold. I guess it could be said that some people may simply find him too annoying and stupid to root for.I suppose a few of the gags do fall a little flat and just as many are predictable, but then by now most adults will have seen so many comedy films by now that they can see ‘old humour’ coming a mile off. There was actually more profanity in this than I remember, including one ‘F-bomb’ which does mean that the film may be more unsuitable for ‘all’ the family than I remember.I suppose it’s quite tame and, because of its age, has a feeling of being done before. However, I still maintain that, overall, it’s stood the test of time reasonably well and should still pick up a few new fans here and there (especially in terms of good/funny Christmas movies). You’ll definitely get more out of it if, like me, you have nostalgia on your side, but even my girlfriend had to admit that Randy Quaid was a joy to watch. Although, she still maintained that the (seldom-used) neighbours got all of the best gags!http://thewrongtreemoviereviews.blogspot.co.uk/

  • vida-leskovar
    vida leskovar

    How anyone could not give this a 9 or more must not understand humor. This is just as good as Orginal vacation if not better. More classic scenes are reused in today’s films and cartoons than almost any other movie because they are just classic.

  • sig-patrizio-mazza
    sig patrizio mazza

    I have always loved Christmas Vacation. It has always been a family tradition to watch every year. I was disappointed when someone changed the title to ‘winter holiday’. IMBD please amend. I love Christmas Vacation!

  • khrusoula-aimilia-kurkoude
    khrusoula aimilia kurkoude

    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 ass,etc.”This movie is more fun to watch in a large group.Enjoy.

  • joe-willis
    joe willis

    Since the holidays are approaching, I feel I should comment on this Christmas classic. Chevy Chase is hilarious once again as Clark, and this is the funniest Vacation next to the original when they go to Wally World. Some of the funniest lines too: “Gonna burn some dust here, eat my rubber.” “It is a bit nipply out, I mean nippy out!”. A Christmas movie to own , and if you don’t, worthy of a rent at the holidays. Randy Quaid has some great moments as Eddie, and don’t miss Chase’s run down the hill in the sled!

  • juliusz-przybycien
    juliusz przybycien

    BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.This hilarious 3rd film from the “Vacation” movies series is now its most popular. I love the original “Vacation” however “Christmas Vacation” is just as funny maybe even funnier.In this film the “I want to be the worlds greatest dad” Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is hosting a huge Christmas season at his home. Both his parents and his in-laws come in for the holidays and the party is also crashed by cousin Eddie. As we all know Christmas is never perfect and for Clark he sets himself up to a world of huge appointment.Everything Clark seems to do in this film is BIG. From getting the tree to decorating his him. He wants to do everything to the max and for all us who had to cut down trees and put up Christmas lights we understand his frustration.The film was released in 1989. I have seen this film every Christmas since. I never get tired of it. Its now part of my holiday tradition. I can honestly say the film is now a classic.You do not need to of seen the previous films to know what’s going. All you need is a funny bone.

  • bridget-hess
    bridget hess

    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.

  • joao-da-costa
    joao da costa

    A comedy with laughs is good. A comedy with feel-good laughs is better.A comedy like “Christmas Vacation” is great.When the Griswolds go on vacation, disaster is a certainty. But staying home to celebrate Christmas with some far-flung relatives (who obviously weren’t flung far enough) leaves room for not only some top-drawer fun but also time to reflect on family, love, goodwill, belief in one’s self….Who expected so much from Chevy Chase?After watching “Christmas Vacation”, you will.Nine stars. And when you light up your house this Christmas, make sure there’s a nuclear reactor nearby.

  • szalai-jozsefne
    szalai jozsefne

    I took my parents to see this opening night which was December 1, 1989. I am glad I did. All 3 of us could relate to the things we feel WE Must Do” at Christmas Time. From getting the tree to decorating the home! WE put huge expectations hoping everything will turn out fine and of course they don’t. This was the 3rd “Vacation” film and most likely the most popular. Millions of us could relate the original “Vacation”. The family road trip during the Summer. However 99% could relate to something in “Christmas Vacation”. In this film it is of course holiday time and Clark wants to have a big old fashioned family Christmas. This means not only is his parents coming for Christmas but so is his in-laws/ Most importantly however Randy Quaid returns as Cousin Eddie. This film is a laugh a minute. If you don’t like cussing and are prudish stay away. I have seen this film every year since 1989 and I still laugh as hard as I did when I saw the first time. The only film I think I have seen more is “The Wizard of Oz”. If you have big family gatherings then watch this with them. Everyone will have a good time.

  • kare-morten-andersen
    kare morten andersen

    The Griswold family is set to celebrate the holidays like never before, in `National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,’ directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by John Hughes. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) has decided to have a traditional, old-fashioned family Christmas, and has invited his parents and in-laws to stay with them through the season. He has a surprise he wants to share with everyone this year; with his Christmas bonus from work, he’s putting 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 to here’). To kick off the season, he takes Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and the kids, Audrey (Juliette Lewis) and Rusty (Johnny Galecki) to the mountains to find the perfect `Griswold family Christmas tree. And it’s only the first of one hilarious scene after another, as we follow Clark and clan through one long laugh-fest, filled with surprises and fun. Chase is at his best here, in the most enduring (and endearing) character he’s ever done; Clark the Everyman, who only wants the best things for his family and himself, but whose plans more often than not go awry, doomed to fall 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 entire neighborhood, and they do (once he can get them to work). Then when cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and cousin Catherine (Miriam Flynn) show up unexpectedly in the `RV’ they now call home, Eddie asks Clark if he’s surprised to see him. Surprised? Eddie is the last person on earth Clark expected, or wanted, to see. `Eddie,’ he tells him, `I couldn’t be more surprised if I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet.’ Another memorable scene involves a wild squirrel who came in with the Christmas tree and proceeds to make his appearance during dinner, only to provoke a wild romp 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 with the big heart, and the one who takes the situation in hand when Clark’s bonus turns out to be an enrollment in a jelly-of-the-month club. Clark’s parents are played by Diane Ladd (Nora) and John Randolph (Clark, Sr.), and Ellen’s by Doris Roberts (Frances) and E.G. Marshall (Art). Other notable performances 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 supporting cast are Nicolette Scorsese (Mary), Cody Burger (Rocky), Ellen Hamilton Latzen (Ruby Sue) and Brian Doyle-Murray (Frank Shirley). `National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ is timeless comedy, a must for every video collection. It can be watched over and over again, and the humor stays fresh while the laughs get even bigger. There’s a little bit of every family in here, and this movie may be just the tonic you’ll need some day to get you through your own `special’ holiday season. I rate this one 10/10.

  • joseph-kline
    joseph kline

    This is probably the best Vacation film to come from the National Lampoon series. There are so many laughs to go around (thanks to writer John Hughes) that it boggles the mind (and it might be the final time Checy Chase brings belly laughs). Here, the Griswalds don’t go on a vacation, but instead the family stays in Chicago where there relatives come to town and hell will come too. Randy Quaid makes this film a treat by having just laugh out loud moments on the screen. Great fun for the whole family (I think). A+

  • john-pollard
    john pollard

    This is the one Christmas movie that I don’t anyone can ever get tired of. Chevy Chase returns in the third installment of the Vacation series as Clarke W. Griswold as he tries desperately to maintain his sanity during the holidays with all of his relatives coming to stay under his roof and enduring all the mishaps along the way.This is the funniest film in the series plain and simple. Chevy Chase has never been better. Christmas Vacation is filled with countless jokes and gags that it’s impossible not to laugh.10/10

  • dr-theo-da-luz
    dr theo da luz

    Poor Clark Griswold, no matter how optimistic he is, his family vacations always seem to go severely wrong. First time around he went across America in a metallic pea Station Wagon and it ended in disaster. Then they went across Europe and met similar, albeit much less funny, results.For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Griswolds, Clark is food additives expert who works for a company that doesn’t appreciate him. He sets high standards for holiday events that no one can live up to and is notorious for dragging his grudging family along on every painstaking detail of every scheme. His wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) is the voice of reason, who keeps the family rooted in reality and responds with frequent deadpan bewilderment to his constant disasters. The long-suffering kids, Russ and Audrey (Johnny Galecki and a very young Juliette Lewis) have turned into the living embodiment of pure cynicism, but there’s no talking any sense into Clark Griswold. Ever! But now Clark just wants to stay at home in the snowy Chicago suburbs for a ‘fun, old-fashioned, family Christmas’ and he’s going to let nothing stop him. His enthusiasm for the holidays manages to infect the audience and you’ll be rooting for him the whole way. He’s an anti-Scrooge and if you’re having a Christmas crisis then you need to watch this movie. Any disasters can be overcome.But that’s easier said than done. He didn’t bargain on bickering family members (including the voice of Betty Boop, Mae Questel, as a senile old aunt), a house covered in non-working Christmas lights, a seriously over-cooked turkey, snotty Yuppie neighbors making fun of him or Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his hickabilly family turning up unannounced to sponge some Christmas cheer off him.What stops it from being just another generic Christmas movie is a brilliant script by John Hughes packed full of hilarious set-pieces and perfect comic timing from Chevy Chase. He’s a great actor but his appeal sadly declined in the 90s when he refused to evolve into more serious roles like Bill Murray did. Clark Griswold and Fletch are probably his most famous roles and this Vacation is definitely one you need to take.It’s hard to pick the best moments but Randy Quaid’s sudden appearance will make you grin a mile wide, a cat wrapped up in a box (with Happy Birthday paper!) that meets an unfortunate end and ‘an asshole in his bathrobe emptying a chemical toilet into the sewer’ are just plain brilliant. But what gives Christmas Vacation something more that makes it so much more special that all the other Christmas movies is that wonderful theme song! It’s absolutely brilliant! But that ain’t the only great tune the film as to offer. There are also some classic songs by Ray Charles, Bing Crosby and Gene Autry.Although not the best of the bunch (Harold Ramis’ direction had an evil edge to the first film that made it just that little bit better), this film has become a Yuletide classic and must be watched every year. Since Christmas is full of annual traditions this film is definitely one you should add to the list. It would criminal to give it anything less that the highly coveted 10/10.

  • priit-kaarik
    priit kaarik

    There is barely room for discussion regarding the fact this is a Christmas comedy that’s perfect in virtually every respect. Withing its running time there are some of the funniest moments ever captured on film, holiday movie or otherwise. The script is one of the most hilarious, sharp, and intelligent in cinema history. The direction is inspired and technically it is without a doubt excellent. There is something about it that so stunningly captures the spirit of Christmas and the atmosphere of a family gathering. The cast is nothing less than remarkable, with an astonishing display of incredible talent. Everyone does a superb job and their comic timing is unbeatable. As an ensemble, it is truly a fantastic group effort. This is a director’s dream cast and Jeremiah Chechik puts them through their paces as if he had a magic wand. Chevy Chase has never been better and Beverly D’Angelo is utterly amazing. Randy Quaid gives a knockout performance as Cousin Eddie and the motion picture wouldn’t be complete without his visit. A yearly favorite at our house and one my late wife looked forward to very much. It is a happy memory of the holidays and always managed to make us laugh even though we’ve seen it every season since it was first shown on HBO. A funny, lovely gift to everyone for Christmas.

  • patricia-morgan-dds
    patricia morgan dds

    I think it’s not necessary to write too much about this film.It’s simply a masterpiece.In my opinion only Billy Wilder possibly-POSSIBLY-could have made an even better Christmas movie.For me that says a lot.This is my second review.The first one was about “Rambo II” It’s difficult to imagine something more contrasting than these two movies.Whereas “Rambo II” represents (and shows) the bad,evil and disgusting things on earth,”Christmas Vacation” represents (and shows) the good,pleasant and beautiful ones.For example the incredibly beautiful woman in the store.Chevy Chase’s reaction is so funny!! And quite understandable as well.Who wouldn’t have reacted similarly…All characters-really ALL-in the movie are played excellently. Yes,also Audrey’s.Juliette Lewis had to play the same character as,for example,Pamela Tiffin in “one,two three”-more or less a silly goose.It’s quite understandable If you don’t like such characters-but-as in the case of “one,two,three”-why blame the actors for playing them convincingly? By the way,Griswold’s yuppie neighbors also don’t make a very pleasant impression- because (not although) they are played so well.For me-and obviously for many others too-Christmas without “Christmas Vacation” cannot be a real Christmas.I would like to watch it more often than once a year,but I have the-unjustified,many may say-fear of liking this masterpiece somewhat less if I watch it “too” often.

  • tomasz-tadych
    tomasz tadych

    My Christmas is filled with ritual, as I guess most people’s are. Part of that ritual is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, about which I have nothing but good things to say. This should be part of your Holiday season too, because despite it not seeming like it all the way through, the film as a whole is just so thoroughly festive, cheery and good-hearted. It opens with a great set-piece, Clark taking his family out in the “front-wheel drive sleigh” to dig their Christmas tree out of the snow-covered ground. He’s a desperate loser, but you have to love the guy, working his butt off to give his extended family the perfect Christmas. (That’s the difference in this Vacation movie, by the way – the Griswolds don’t go anywhere, their folks come to them).So the shenanigans finding a tree set the pattern for a season of chaos, fighting in-laws, squirrels, stupid relatives, huge dogs, snooty neighbours and collapsing turkeys. And as if that wasn’t stress enough for poor Clark, he’s waiting for his Christmas bonus to come through to cover a cheque he’s already written.The script brims with festive jollity, enthusing the audience with Clark’s excitement for the holidays. Stand out moments include the welcome (and hilarious) return of Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie, the uber-hick sponger with a trailer-full of weirdo kids and rubber sheets, and Mae Questel’s appearance as Aunt Bethany. She used to voice Betty Boo, and plays the crazy old woman to perfection.See this movie. Get it on video. I normally watch it the first time on a miserable October Sunday, when I start to think properly about Christmas. Nothing can replace this movie as the one thing guaranteed to get me looking forward to late December. Fabulous stuff, and as festive for me as tinsel and carols. Cuddle up with this one.