The Griswold family, Clark, Ellen, daughter Audrey and son Rusty, set out to spend their vacation driving cross-country from Chicago to glorious Walley World on the West Coast.
The trip, which Clark planned down to the minute, slowly loses its smoothness from the moment they get a new vehicle.
A stop off cousin Eddie results in the Griswold family giving cantankerous aunt Edna a lift to Phoenix.
The Griswolds receive one strike of bad luck after another, and when they finally arrive at Walley World, they have to find out that the park is closed for maintenance.
But Clark promised his beloved family the best vacation ever...
With Clark Griswold, and Fletch, Chase had two of the funniest characters in the early eighties, and this movie has to be the best movie Chase has ever made. No matter which version you have seen, edited, the one with the Pointer Sisters in the blondes car, or the one with profanity, it never fails to raise a laugh.
Standalone, the plot is simple and generic, the family are going on holiday, plain and simple. But what happens in between is the filling, and the filling is goo-oood (as Eddie would say), and they play like different sketches.
Chase is deadpan throughout, and always manages to keep Clark utterly serious, even when he loses the plot at the end, and the support is fantastic.
Other comedies have tried to emulate the comedy road movie, but they end up having gross out gags, because they don't have the genius writers behind this movie.
A classic eighties movie, still funny today.