FW MOVIE PICK: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, and Johnny Galecki in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Not only is this the third installment in the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” film series, but its also considered to be a Christmas Classic and it my book the only good sequel in the franchise! As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen, and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie, and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid, with Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki as the Griswold children Audrey and Rusty, respectively. In Christmas Vacation, while Audrey appears to be in her late teens, Rusty looks younger than he did in the preceding films; while the drastic age difference can be distracting I found them to be a likable iteration of the characters. The opening credits feature a hysterical cartoon of Santa delivering the Griswold family’s Christmas presents while also getting electrocuted, hit by bricks, setting his pants on fire, falling into the snow and being chased by a rolling snowman head. Eddie and Catherine Johnson; Clark’s redneck cousins who get on his nerves also make their return and making us laugh along the way. Clark also loses his temper in Christmas Vacation where he gets angry at his relatives because of their wanting to leave, and went into a tirade against his boss in one of the most hilarious scene in the entire movie, aside from the Cat exploding. We also get a fantasy sequence where Clark thinks about Mary, a lingerie counter clerk in a bikini. Overall this Christmas gathering of the Griswolds should provide you with all the laughs and cheer you deserve!

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