Saturday, 31 December 2016

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Review













National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 


Release Date: 30th November 1989 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Hughes Entertainment

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution 


Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 97 minutes


Budget: $25,000,000

Box Office Gross: $71,319,526 
(USA)


Plot Summary
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 their camper on the Griswold property.


Cast
Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo - Ellen Griswold
Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
Juliette Lewis - Audrey Griswold
Johnny Galecki - Russ Griswold
Diane Ladd - Nora Griswold
John Randolph - Clark Griswold, Sr
E. G. Marshall - Art Smith
Doris Roberts - Frances Smith
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Margo Chester 
Miriam Flynn - Cousin Catherine
Cody Burger - Cousin Rocky
Ellen Hamilton Latzen - Cousin Ruby Sue
William Hickey - Uncle Lewis
Mae Questel - Aunt Bethany
Sam McMurray - Bill
Nicholas Guest - Todd Chester
Brian Doyle-Murray - Frank Shirley
Natalia Nogulich - Helen Shirley
Nicolette Scorsese - Mary
Devin Bailey - Young Clark Griswold

Crew
Director - Jeremiah S. Chechik
Writer/Producer - John Hughes
Executive Producer - Matty Simmons
Producer - Tom Jacobson
Production Designer - Stephen Marsh
Costume Designer - Michael Kaplan
Director of Photography - Thomas Ackerman
Film Editors - Jerry Greenberg and Michael A. Stevenson
Music - Angelo Badalamenti 


Review
Admittedly, I have never seen any of the VACATION movies including CHRISTMAS VACATION which I had the opportunity to view before Christmas Eve. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION is the last film of the series that was written and produced by John Hughes during the end of his tenure. It celebrates the holiday spirit, while keeping the movie fresh with slapstick comedy and a bit of crude bringing on the Yuletide laughter. A few actors from the two previous movies return, like Chevy Chase who portrays Clark Griswold once again - the loving optimistic father who frequently causes havoc to himself and his family instead of trying to have a good time together. He is frequently co-starred with the not-yet famous actress Juilette Lewis as his daughter and Randy Quaid who also returns as his hick cousin Eddie.

I could never resist a good laugh and CHRISTMAS VACATION is the comedy film of the holiday season and it'll be good to watch it again in the next December. For those of you who enjoyed the movie, have a Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


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