National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: November 18th, 1997

PG-13 |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), 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 (Randy Quaid), 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.

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

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Hughes Entertainment

Keywords: Office , Madcap , Wife , Daughter , Son , 1980s , Cheeky , Father ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Susan WloszczynaUSA Today

    For those who like a little Grinch with their yuletide cheer, this movie isn't totally ho-ho-hopeless. In fact, you can even say it glows occasionally - especially with 2,500 imported Christmas bulbs a-twinkling on the Griswold abode. [1 Dec 1989, p.4D]

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Credit first-time director Jeremiah S. Chechik for his sure-handed rein on Christmas Vacation's polar opposites of sentimental and satirical sides. It makes for a smooth-sledding comedy. show more

  • 80
    IGN

    This movie has always been a favorite when it comes to the nuttiness of Christmas and family, and it's still a riot. Have a merry dysfunctional Christmas. show more

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