We take sheer delight in revisiting the holiday classic 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' after a quarter century of Griswold family laughs.
Released in 1989 and written by John Hughes, the film was the third installment in the 'National Lampoon Vacation' series. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo returned to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold. Unfortunately, (since children and teens grow up) we had to get used to new Griswold kids. Older sister Audrey was played by Juliette Lewis and little brother Rusty was played by Johnny Galecki.
For those that have been under a rock... Chase (Clark) stars as the insane dad trying to create the perfect Christmas for his family as D'Angelo (Ellen) tries to keep the peace despite her husband, Clark's, crazy antics - like unleashing a restrained to fit in the house live Christmas tree ("lotta sap"). Sounds boring huh? Not when his and Ellen's whole family show up for Christmas - including Cousin Eddie from the original 'Vacation' movie played by Randy Quaid.
From a flying squirrel and Snot (Cousin Eddie's dog) throwing up under the dinner table to a power outage due to Clark over-decorating his house; this is probably the funniest Christmas movie of all time. Cousin Eddie takes it over the top by standing in his robe emptying the RV's (that his family showed up in) septic tank into a sewer while explaining to people that the "sh*tters full!"
Coming in a close second to 'A Christmas Story' - this film is the second most quoted during the Holidays. Our choice for best quote from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:
“Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f**king Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.” - Clark Griswold
Eventually, everything works out for Clark and family after he regulates while going a bit psychotic. "Fixed the newel post!" This classic has now turned 25 years old and it's still relevant to the way dysfunctional families cope during the Holidays today.
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