National Lampoon's Vacation - 1983 (R)


Year of Release: 1983
Rated: R
Director(s): Harold Ramis
Approx. Running Time: 98 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

"Have a good laugh. I liked taking this 'Vacation'."

The Griswolds have planned all year for a great summer vacation. From their suburban Chicago home, across America, to the wonders of the Walley World fun park in California, every step of the way has been carefully plotted. Except a few hundred hysterical exceptions.

National Lampoon's Vacation is sublimely goofy comedy, thanks largely to Chevy Chase in his signature role of Clark Griswold. The inept but sincere Clark takes misfortune in stride. So what if they lose all their money when their new car gets wrecked. And it's not too bad when Cousin Eddie (Randy Quiad) deposits sour Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) in their back seat for a lift to Phoenix. But what really keep Clark's eyes on the road is a flirtation with a mysterious blonde (Christie Brinkley) in a red Ferrari.

For those along on the ride, National Lampoon's Vacation, called "fast, funny satire" by The New York Times' Janet Maslin, is a jolly jaunt.

My Comments:

Here's a really fun comedy that has been perennial favorite of mine since I was a child. Most of the humor is good, clean fun, but there's also just enough innuendo to keep the adults laughing. Also, check out the great theme song "Holiday Road" and also "Dancing Across the U.S.A." (played during the end credits) by my favorite guitarist Lindsey Buckingham.

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Rated R (MPAA)
4 Stars
1983 (Year Of Release)
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