Monday, January 30, 2017

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Randy Quaid, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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 in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs. Eddie tries to fix Clark's problem.

This movie has become included in most people's top ten Christmas movies. It is just one of the best, especially when it comes to comedy movies. This was the third movies with the Griswold family. This time we get to meet even more of the family. This chapter in this family's life is the best of the movies dealing in their life.

Here we are with the third installment of the Griswold family. As in all of the movie the adults stay the same. You get to see the same actors, but the children are always different. I know that they cannot use the same actors to portray their kids, since them get older with each movie. It is just one of those movie facts that no one really talk about. They just except the differences in the cast. It does give young actors more of a chance to get started in the business.

The cast is the best part of the movie. You have three different generations of actors in this movie. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are back to play the parents. Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki are playing the their children this time. They both became huge actor in their own. John Randolph and Diane Ladd play Clark's parent. Diane Ladd is wonderful at what she does. She was that great caring mother that all wish for. E.G. Marshall and Doris Roberts are playing Ellen's parents. No one can really beat Doris Roberts. She is always so good at being that mother or woman that you want to sit and talk to as long as she is not your mother, then it will be a bit of nagging hell. She was terrific. Randy Quaid is back as cousin Eddie that is the worst white trash relatives that you wish you never had. Even his kids are really trashy and dumb. In this movie, they have two more kids, small ones. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the neighbor that hates the Griswold family. I forget every year that she is even in this movie, until I watch it.


I'm not going through all of the jokes and laughs that happen all through this movie, because it is filled with them. It is a really funny movie that is now for the whole family. There are a few "off color" (I love that term.) scenes in the movie. This is one of those movies that if you have not watched it yet, then I just don't know about you. This is a movie worthy to add to your private collection. Enjoy.


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Trailer


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