Lunchtime Movie Review

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Episode #54

Warner Bros released National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to theaters on December 1, 1989. Jeremiah S. Chechik directs the film which stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Juliette Lewis.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Summary

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was released on December 1, 1989, and is the continuing adventures of the Griswold family. Instead of heading off to Wally World or Europe, the Griswold clan decides to spend this Christmas at home. The film begins with the Griswold family on a quest for “The Griswold Family Christmas Tree.” With his usual over-enthusiasm, Clark has planned a “good, old-fashioned family Christmas” and he is going to make sure his family gets it, even if it kills them.

Which is exactly what Clark almost does when he drives his family under a semi-truck and Evil Kneivel’s the family truckster into the Christmas tree lot, in the opening sequence of the film. But as Clark would say, that is all part of the experience.

After digging their Christmas tree out of the ground, Clark returns home to work on the next thing on his Christmas list. Putting up 25,000 twinkling Christmas lights. Clark is assisted by his Benjamin Button like son, Rusty, who has miraculously grown younger since the last two films. As expected with any Chevy Chase film, prat falls are in abundance while Clark decorates the house; with Clark and his annoying neighbors, Todd and the Julia Louis-Dreyfuss character played by Julia Louis Dreyfuss, being the main victims.

Clark and Ellen, played once again by Beverly D’Angelo, are soon visited by their respective parents. And as with every John Hughes film, the in-laws don’t necessarily get along with each other, or with Clark. Clark withdraws from his immediate and extended members of his family, and focuses on getting the Christmas lights to work, which he just can’t seem to do.

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Warner Bros released National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation to theaters on December 1, 1989. Jeremiah S. Chechik directs the film which stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Juliette Lewis.

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