National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Chevy Chase, star of National Lampoon's Vacation and its sequel, is back as the paterfamilias of the Griswold family (including Beverly D'Angelo as his missus) to skewer the Yuletide season. Chevy mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags (including the electrocution of a cat as the Christmas tree is lit) the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Solid family fare with plenty of yocks."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sequence after sequence seems to contain all the necessary material, to be well on the way toward a payoff, and then it somehow doesn't work."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"John Hughes wrote the screenplay for this silly, warm little guilty pleasure that nails most of the trials and tribulations of spending the holidays with family."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"hilarious, a classic"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"...a roller-coaster ride of hilarity, poignancy, vulgarity, and just plain dumbness."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The new film does little more than reintroduce these familiar characters (with new actors playing the children, who would otherwise be college age by now) and let them get on one another's nerves in earnest."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Christmas Vacation may not be a fancy package, but it is a diverting stocking stuffer."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"With enough sight gags to please slapstick fans and enough good-natured Christmas cheer to qualify as a good holiday film, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation should keep most viewers occupied and provide 97 minutes of goofy entertainment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The best of the four "Vacation" movies."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"the last funny installment of the series"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"One of the great unanswered questions in Hollywood is how Chevy Chase still gets work."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"[A] fairly perfect blend... of cartoon violence and mayhem and the pleasant lightness of a Christmas movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Easily the funniest of the four Vacation movies. Just try keeping a straight face when the uncouth Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) is on screen."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"The ultimate family holiday film, playing on both the heart strings and the horror to capture a genuine Christmas spirit."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Haven't watched it in awhile, but I remember it well and I remember enjoying it. One of the better Vacation movies (Vegas Vacation is still the best, though)."
‑ Shawn Bowers, Kansas City Star
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