National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

cvNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 
Release Date: 6th April 1990 (UK, and what?)
Director: Jermiah Chechik 
Rating: PG
John Hughes Entertainment, Warner Bros. 

To keep the Christmas spirit going I felt it was appropriate to watch a film about a Christmas going terribly wrong. Makes me all warm inside. 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation brings the festive cheer as Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) prepares for the ultimate family Christmas at home. It starts with buying a real fresh Christmas Tree in country and it only escalates from there. Everything around Clark  turns into a disaster and so the family must put up with glaring Christmas lights, overcooked turkey and a burnt cat. At least Clark manages to keep going, even if he does have to kick a few things now and then.


The film is a mix of quick-witted punch lines and tiresome slapstick head smacking. It can be a rather enduring experience as Clark gets into another situation with predictable results. What’s going to happen when Clark starts stapling lights to his roof?! Christmas charm saves the day though, as Clark shows himself as the anti-Scrooge he is and pushes through.

Shame about the cat though.


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