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National Lampoon's Vacation

Comedy movie directed by Harold Ramis

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  • Sep 17, 2002
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NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION is one of the funniest and best road trip movie's of all times. The film stars Chevy Chase (back when he used to make good movies) as Clark Griswold, a family man whose plans and dreams always seem to turn into nightmares. Clark has always wanted to take his family on a cross country trip and it finally happens. However, along the way everything that could go wrong does: from getting lost in East St. Louis, Illinois; to getting stuck driving an irate aunt (Imogene Coca) back to her home; to misplacing a family pet; to having their money stolen by some very slick (as in oil) car repairmen; to causing an incident at an American amusement institution. The film pokes fun at all sorts of ideals about the perfect vacation. For example, Wally World is a great parody of Walt Disney Land, the owner's name is Roy Wally (Roy Disney was in charge of Disney at the time the movie was made) and he looks a lot like Roy Disney. The movie also illustrates exactly what not to do on a family vacation. The film was directed by Harold Ramis and was written by John Hughes, both who went on to become huge mammoths of 1980's film. The does contain some nudity and foul language and because it was made in the pre-PG13 days has a R rating, though most of what is seen and heard is tame by today's PG-13 standards.

The DVD of the film isn't in wide screen and the sound isn't as good as it could be. The only extras are some production and cast notes and the usual trailer.

Over all it's a great comedy and the best of all the National Lampoon Vacation movies.

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review by . March 11, 2002
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NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION still stands up as one of the funniest road movies ever made. With a canny script and dead-on performances from the superb ensemble cast, it serves as a cautionary tale for families everywhere how NOT to have the family vacation from hell.Clark and Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo) and their two children (Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall) embark on a huge, life-consuming odyssey, otherwise known as the cross-country trip to Walley World in California.Along …
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Vacation paved the way for the John Hughes movie dynasty of the 1980s. Written by Hughes (who would go on to write, direct, and/or produceThe Breakfast Club,Ferris Bueller's Day Off,Uncle Buck,Home Alone, and so on) and directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack,Groundhog Day,Stuart Saves His Family), the firstVacationmovie introduces us to the all-American Griswold family: father Clark (Chevy Chase), mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (future Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron). They all pile into the car for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, stopping along the way to view the world's biggest ball of twine. John Candy, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid (as yokel Cousin Eddie) pop up along the way. The movie was a big hit, and was followed by several sequels--National Lampoon's European Vacation,National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, andNational Lampoon's Vegas Vacation--but this one is still probably the freshest and funniest of the bunch.--Jim Emerson
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