National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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Warner Bros. Released 1989

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Director:
Jeremiah Chechik
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13

Clark Griswold, the patriarch of this disaster-prone clan, is trying his best to have the best Yuletide holiday ever with the best Christmas tree, a beautifully lit house, happy reunions with his family, and a surprise in the form of a new in-ground pool, funded by his yearly bonus. He finds the tree after hours of searching, but forgets the saw. He and his son Rusty string up around 25,000 Christmas lights, nearly killing himself in the process, to find that a fuse is short somewhere. His wife Ellen's redneck cousins, Eddie and Catherine, land in their driveway in a beat up sewage seeping RV with their two young children, Ruby and Rocky, and a snot-covered Rottweiler. No holiday is a bore once the SWAT team sieges the house and the tree catches on fire.

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  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Credit first-time director Jeremiah S. Chechik for his sure-handed rein on Christmas Vacation's polar opposites of sentimental and satirical sides. It makes for a smooth-sledding c...

  • 63

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    One of the great unanswered questions in Hollywood is how Chevy Chase still gets work. Although his appeal is not as incomprehensible as that of, say, Pauly Shore, it's not obvious...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is curious in how close it comes to delivering on its material: Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff...

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Comedy

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family gossip, holiday fun, Slapstick, quirky characters, saturday night live alums