Review: National Lampoon’s Chistmas Vacation (1989/PG-13)

Sure 1989 might still seem too soon to label something a classic (hell our tagline is ‘its always 1987 at the movies’ so who are we to judge) but this is one movie that was an insyant classic when it was first released. As we all know the the orginal Vaction was pure comedy gold when it hit theaters in 1983 and took on the insanity and sheer bullshit of the cross country  summer vacation. This time Griswolds stay home and the vacation is more of a holiday season itself and we actually never make it christmas in the movie (it ends on Dec 24.)  We like this movie not only for Chevy Chase playing lovable trying is hardest everyman Clark Griswold, and also because Randy Quaid returns as everyones favorite Cousin Eddie. We credit this film for working on so many levels from the genius writer of the 80s John Hughes. This movie could be seen more as series of sketches that tie together as one unified movie, but its all the charaters that all have their one great line that makes is memorable, from the “Is your house on fire Clark?” of elderly aunt Bethany seeing the house decorated with a million twinkle lights (which unto itself is another funny set up scene.) To the melt down Clark has towards the end of the film with ends with the pefrect punchline “Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?” is just as funny now seeing, as it is ever single time we watch it. This movie is a comedy home run, and while some minor subplots are a little sitcom like they are few and far between.  This is the true defintion of instant classic, and is a holiday treat.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Trailer (Warner Bros. Pictures/1989)
On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 5.5 out of 5.9