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Plot: The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 29 Jul 1983
How To Make A Timeless, Original, Hysterical, Satirical Comedy. (by MovieAddict2016)
Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far. Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, the typical American businessman. Well, almost a basic businessman. He works in food preservatives. Beverly D'Angelo plays his wife, Anthony Michael Hall plays Rusty, his teenage son, and Dana Barron plays his daughter Audrey . This summer, Clark has decided to go all out and take a vacation with his family to "Walley World," a theme park spoof on Disney World, owned by "Roy Walley".Basically, this film starts out strong and ends strong. There <more>
are many gut grabbing scenes, and the film never resorts to gross out humor. The biggest gross out is when Clark bites into a sandwich a dog leaked on, but that's a different story.Along the way to Walley World, everything and everything that can go wrong does, and Clark ends up with Aunt Edna Imogene Coca , who adds more fun to this wallop of a comedy.The laughter just escalates more and more as we see Clark's dreams flush down the toilet farther and farther, and I can't tell you how much I laughed at some of the scenes."Vacation" isn't typical National Lampoon fare.Chevy Chase gives by far his best performance akthough he acts just as well in "Christmas Vacation" as Clark, a real optimist, go get'm kind of guy, who completely snaps toward the end of the film. The rest of the cast does well, and Beverly D'Angelo does surprisingly well as a house wife. The two children, Audrey and Rusy, squawk at each other, but not to the point of obnoxious, which is another good thing about this film.Is it no surprise that John Hughes, the king writer/director of the 80's comedy films wrote this, or that Harold Ramis Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Striped, Analyze This directed the film? With cameos by the likes of John Candy, Eugene Levy, Brian Doyle Murray who played Clark's boss in "Christmas Vacation" , and more, "Vacation" is a comedic triumph of the eighties that is now an icon of how to make a good comedy.4.5/5 stars --John Ulmer
I have seen this movie many times on TV the German dubbed version, of course and I loved it every time...allthough the more often its shown, the more it gets cut on TV.Now, for the first time thanks to DVD , I have been able to watch it in its original language. And it was just awesome! The dialogues were even better and the characters were so much better outlined.I swear that I will never see such a great movie in a dubbed version again!To any Germans in here: go get it on DVD even though it is just in Mono - and delete the video tape if you have recorded it from TV.
Without a doubt, Chevy Chase's best work! (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
"Vacation", what a hysterical laugh out loud till you hurt movie! I was watching the wonderful "I love the 80's" on VH1, and they showed this movie. I remember watching it when I was younger, but I didn't get much of it obviously. So, I watched it again, because it looked more appealing than it did when I was a kid.God, I never laughed so hard in my life. Chevy Chase, Clark Griswald decides that he is not spending enough time with the kids, so he has planned a cross road trip with the family to see their favorite cartoon character theme park "Marty <more>
Moose!" and "Wally World!". Back on the old holiday road, it's not going to be easy. Visiting their hick cousin, Eddie and his scary hillbilly family and putting their grumpy old aunt on the trip with the Griswalds. Clark has a mysterious but extremely sexy girl, Christie Brinkly, following him around in a red hot Ferrari. Their car is constantly getting into accidents and dents on the way to California. Finally, after to the point of madness, Clark will kill every person if he has to to get to Wally World. If you loved "Vacation", I highly recommend "Christmas Vacation" as well. I think the reason why we all love this movie is because we can relate in some way. How many of us go on vacation and nothing goes perfect? I loved the ending of this movie so much! I won't give it away, but trust me that it is that good. If you've seen it, I'm sure you will agree that this is a must see comedy.10/10-highly deserved!
National Lampoons Vacation is an absolute classic Chevy Chase film. Chevy as Clark is, a very funny lad. Americans are capable of comedy, although are yet to master the British and their achievements in this genre. Each time I watch this film the delivery in Chevy's lines becomes funnier. The absolute classic for the movie is when Clarke talks about the Mississippi River and then the St Louis Arch.The cross country adventures are taken to extremes with great characters such as cousin Eddy at times stealing big Chevy's thunder. Don't be fooled, I'm not suggesting anyone <more>
deserved an Oscar. However, when you watch a comedy and it is comical then they have to be doing something right. If your a fan of Chevy then you will have seen this film so i suggest you go and watch it again.
A 'Vacation' worth taking! [spoilers included] (by jellyneckr)
I saw NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION on TBS one night and since then rented it probably over one hundred times. It is one of my favorite movies. It's about a man named Clark [Chevy Chase] who takes his family on a road trip to an amusement park called Wally World. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this hilarious classic. The movie is followed by four sequels: EUROPEAN VACATION, CHRISTMAS VACATION, VEGAS VACATION, and AMERICAN ADVENTURE. None of the sequels are as good as this one, but they still are pretty funny.
The Original and One of the Best (by Hollywood_Yoda)
When you think about the 1980s, it's hard to imagine without Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold. One of the best films to come out in 1983, National Lampoon's Vacation is a cross country, family road trip comedy. The director, Harold Ramis and the writer, John Hughes made for a great combination.Of course Chevy Chase stars alongside Beverly D'Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold as they trek from Chicago to California. Along the way, they visit Cousin Eddie Randy Quaid's first appearance and Aunt Edna Imogene Cocoa . Some of the best lines and scenes in the movie involve Aunt <more>
Edna. She was a great character, similar to Aunt Bethany in Christmas Vacation.This is the installment that includes the the theme park Walley World with Marty Moose. Vacation features John Candy in an early role and his first collaboration with John Hughes. Also featured in an early role is Eugene Levy as the car salesman. A fun movie, but rated R a soft R for language and some partial nudity.
For such an obvious premise, the film gets a hell of a lot of laughs. (by Zbigniew_Krycsiwiki)
I've seen this film approximately 30 to 40 times in my life, and I never get tired of it. Boneheaded, but well meaning father, Clark Griswold, driving his wife and two kids on a cross country family vacation, from Chicago to a California theme park, to spend time with all of them, before the kids are too old for such things. Needless to say, absolutely nothing goes according to plans: they got lost before even leaving Chicago. Their new car isn't what they had planned. They're saddled with driving an obnoxious aunt to Phoenix. They get lost in the Arizona desert, after visiting <more>
obnoxious, trailer trash in-laws, and then robbed by local hicks. All of these absurd, yet wholly possible, circumstances and occurrences pile up, yet Clark Griswold Chase, in one of his funniest roles as the hapless, clueless father is determined to have a good holiday with the family, even if it kills them. And a junkyard dog. And Aunt Edna. Beverly D'Angelo is equally good as the sexy, but not overly housewife who has enough disaster and wants to turn around and go home. Great score by Lindsay Buckingham also. The film is only let down a bit by the climax, when they actually get to the theme park, the laughs fizzle away. But, perhaps that was the filmmakers' intent? The journey is more memorable than the destination, as is sometimes the case.
"I'm On A Pilgrimage To See A Moose" (by Lechuguilla)
"Getting there is half the fun", says bland family man Clark, head of the bland suburban family, the Griswolds. He's rationalizing why the family will drive from Illinois, instead of fly, to Wally World, a moose-centered family amusement park in California. What makes this film enjoyable is that the Griswolds are so typical of banal American suburban family values.Clark Chevy Chase is a good-natured sap, gullibly idealistic, and conforming. His meek wife well played by Beverly D'Angelo looks up to Clark. Their two teenage kids are dull blockheads, patterned after their <more>
dull parents. The boy wears ugly dental braces.Their mode of travel is a prehistoric, humorously ugly, putrid green station wagon with cheesy brown panels. The Griswolds blast off with unlimited optimism and good-natured anticipation of the fun they will have at Wally World. But the optimism gradually fades and is replaced by grim determination after a series of on-the-road disasters that make a mockery of idealism.The film's humor lies in its absurd plot situations, and in the dialogue. At a cookout, a down-on-his-luck Cousin Eddie Randy Quaid treats the Griswolds to backyard burgers, then remarks to Clark: "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself".Casting is appropriate. Overall acting trends humorously exaggerated, consistent with the satire. Performances by Imogene Coca and John Candy add to the comedy. The bouncy song "Holiday Road" opens the film with a series of vintage American postcards in tandem with the opening credits.My only reservation is that some of the plot contrivances are a bit over-the-top. The writers seem to be trying a little too hard."Vacation" is a satire on the banality of the traditional American summer ritual, and therefore thematically rich. Production values are fine. Though not perfect, this film is worth watching.
A classic that never seems to get tiresome. The Griswald family, Clark Chevy Chase , Ellen Beverly D'Angelo , Rusty Anthony Michael Hall and Audrey Dana Barron , are on the 'Holiday Road' cross-country from Chicago to "Wally World". Histerically funny sequences make the vacation one to remember. My favorites are: the sandwiches being drenched in dog "pee"; Clark falling asleep at the wheel; the vibrating bed; and Aunt Edna Imogene Cocoa strapped to the top of the station wagon. Then there is the stop to visit dead beat Cousin Eddie Randy Quaid . Harlod Ramis <more>
directs and co-writes. Other faces you'll remember in the cast: Eugene Levy, John Candy, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jane Krakowski, James Keach and Christie Brinkley. Chase is in top form and just maybe his most memorable role.