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National Lampoon's Vacation

Comedy movie directed by Harold Ramis

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don't mention Aunt Edna!!!

  • Mar 11, 2002
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 the way, they have to contend with a trip to their hillbilly cousins Eddie and Catherine (Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn) and end up dragging crochety old Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) along for the ride through Phoenix. Adding insult to injury is the shapely blonde in the red Ferrari (Christie Brinkley) who is following Clark "all the way"...

Hilarious all the way. It is indeed painful to watch the hapless Clark fumble his way (Basil Fawlty-style) through the series of disasters that befall him on his vacation.

The DVD transfer is wonderful after years of...fuzzed-out video transfers.

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review by . September 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) …
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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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