This post was originally published on December 1, 2016
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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 27 Years Later
27 years ago today on December 1st 1989, one of the greatest holiday movies was released for our winter viewing pleasure: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The seasonal comedy classic starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo is the third installment for the Vacation movies series, following the original National Lampoon’s Vacation released in 1983 and National Lampoon’s European Vacation released in 1985.
Christmas Vacation hilariously follows the Griswold family again, this time as they navigate the blunders of Christmas time with pesky in-laws, snobby neighbors and a crazy motor home driving cousin that shows up unannounced. The family patriarch, Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, has delusions of grandeur when attempting to accommodate his extended family for the holiday season. What seems like a harmless idea of hosting the winter festivities in search of a “Good old-fashioned family Christmas”, instead turns out to be an entertaining nightmare. Ellen Griswold, played by Beverly D’Angelo does her best to calm Clark while corralling the visiting grandparents to Audrey and Rusty Griswold played by Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki, respectively.
Video : National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Trailer (1989)
Much of the movie has Clark trying his best to prove to everyone (as well as his tyrant boss) that he is the ultimate family man and will go to extreme lengths to show his eccentric optimism. Case in point, the Griswold home after it’s been decorated with 25,000 lights.
This classic movie is packed with great one-liners and memorable hysterical scenes.
Video : The Best Of Clark Griswold
Surprisingly, Christmas Vacation is playing this month (December 2016) on the big screen in select theaters. Check to see if it’s playing in your area here! If you can’t make it out to the theater, I highly recommend you watch it via your favorite streaming service or you can check here for TV listings. It’s a must see every holiday season!