NATIONAL LAMPOON’S
CHRISTMAS VACATION

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 26, 2013

Still hilarious to this day, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” never gets old. Thanks to impeccable comedic delivery by funnyman Chevy Chase, the imagery of the Griswold family Christmas sets the stage for millions across the country to enjoy their families and sit down by their Christmas trees for the holiday season, watching one man’s strife to make the perfect Christmas but failing miserably. From pulling a much-too-large tree out of the ground by its roots to covering the entire house with Christmas lights to spending the holidays with his trailer trash cousin-in-law Eddie (played brilliantly by Randy Quaid), there’s no part of this film that hasn’t become iconic. Despite the PG-13 rating, “Christmas Vacation” remains funny for the whole family and relies on perfectly timed gags and physical comedy to make for some of the best Christmas laughs of all time. One of my favorite Christmas films, “Christmas Vacation” is a staple in my household for the holidays and is often a comparison to the craziness that goes on under our roof when the family gets together.

Copyright HAG ?2008

RELEASE DATE
December 1, 1989

DIRECTOR
Jeremiah S. Chechik

WRITTEN BY
John Hughes

STUDIO
Warner Bros. Pictures

PG-13

COMEDY
97 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Thomas E. Ackerman

COMPOSER
Angelo Badalamenti

EDITOR
Jerry Greenberg
Michael A. Stevenson

CAST
Chevy Chase
Beverly D’Angelo
Juliette Lewis
Johnny Galecki
John Randolph
Diane Ladd
E.G. Marshall
Randy Quaid

PRODUCED BY
John Hughes
Tom Jacobson

BUDGET
$25 million

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