National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – Film

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

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The Grizwold family invites us to join in their Christmas celebration for their first “stay-cation”.  

Celebrating it’s 25 year anniversary, this John Hughes film is truly a modern classic.   Everyone can relate to this movie, from the idealistic, overzealous antics of Chevy Chase, as Clark Griswold, wacky, but endearing, family man extraordinaire,  to the eccentric extended family, especially Randy Quaide as big hearted, oblivious, cousin Eddie, to the trials of planning a family event.  Filled with clever, witty dialogue, great chemistry among the cast, and Chase’s signature style of physical comedy antics, this movie is extremely quotable and wonderfully memorable.

The cast is filled with a wealth of talent.  Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo returning as Clark and Ellen Grizwold,  Juliette Lewis as Audrey Grizwold, Johnny Galecki, as Rusty Grizwold.  John Randolph and Diane Ladd, as the Senior Griswolds, Clark’s parents.   E.G. Marshall and Doris Roberts as Ellen’s parents.  Randy Quaide and Miriam Flynn return as cousins Eddie and Catherine.  William Hickey joins in the celebration as Uncle Lewis and Mae Questal, who started her career as the voice of Betty Boop, is Aunt Bethany.  Nicholas Guest and Julia Louise-Dreyfus as Todd and Margo, the yuppie neighbors.

I gave this film 5 cups of rummy eggnog, for being a timeless, still relevant after 25 years, modern tradition it has become.  If you have never seen this movie, I don’t know how you managed to miss it, but luckily, they’re running “Christmas Vacation” for it’s 25th-year-anniversary on the big screen.  Go watch it.  Right now.  And Play Ball!

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