Film review: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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  • Nick Hi
    Nov. 30, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    Definitely a must-see during the holiday season. My family watches it every year (multiple times a year in fact). Chase plays the same character he always does, but this might be his best turn at said character. It has just the right amount of witty one-liners, goofy slapstick, and holiday cheer. Sure, it goes overboard in the "everything that can go wrong, will go wrong" department, but the cast/script never lets it become unwatchable like many other Christmas disaster movies.
    I love when Clark continually insults Eddie without him realizing it, and I love Eddie's black dickie, and I love the ball of lights, and I love the angry rant near the end. I love this movie.
    It is truly the apex of anti-traditional Christmas movies. For every "It's a Wonderful Life" you need to have a "Christmas Vacation".

  • Clint Shoemake
    Dec. 19, 1999 8:31 p.m.

    This is a classic. Our family watches Christmas Vacation
    every year, and still find ourselves quoting it year-
    round. Anyone who has not seen it has not lived.

  • A. Doucette
    Dec. 7, 1999 2:29 p.m.

    I agree that this is undoubtedly the funniest movie ever
    made. Randy Quaid is a genius. I have probably watched this
    movie fifty times and there's always something new to
    from the endless layers of comedic mastery. Bravo to all
    actors, and bravo to my fellow NLCV fans!

  • Sarah Reiser
    Dec. 6, 1999 10:45 a.m.

    Christmas Vacation is the best movie I have ever seen. It
    has become a holiday classic in my house. Everyone in my
    family can repeat it word for word. It is one of those
    movies you can watch over and over again and never get sick
    of. It has definately become a timeless classic in my book!
    There is no other movie that hilarious and well done!

  • K. Deare
    Dec. 5, 1999 5:42 a.m.

    I'm glad to see we are not the only nutcases who love this
    film we had to buy another copy because we wore the first

    Best Comedy Christmas Movie EVER!!!!!!!

  • Eddie Fisher
    Aug. 22, 1999 10:41 p.m.

    I just wanted to say, I agreed with you almost totally in
    your review of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
    However, you said that it might not hold up to repeat
    viewings. I know that at least four friends, most of my
    family, and I see the film during Christmas in July
    specials and around 5 to 6 times each Christmas. One of my
    friends videos wore out and he had to buy a new one. I
    thought this movie was hilarious, and every actor,
    regardless of the size of their part, did a fantastic job.
    In my opinion, this movie has become a holiday classic,
    right up there with "It's Wonderful Life," "A Christmas
    Carol", etc.