6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A yuletide must see,
By A Customer
This review is from: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [DVD]  (DVD)
Every year our family gather before the tv and watch our old copy of this film and settle into bliss as we herald the coming of Christmas. The film affectionately points out the unrealistic seasonal expectations of family, poking fun at younger, middle and older generations. The acting is respectable and the script allows for some great comic moments and plenty of slapstick. Like all good comedies, there is an undercurrent of sadness and tragedy but this is never allowed to spoil the message of the film, that love and tolerance and belonging are important to the true meaning of Christmas. This is ably shown to be that one must forgive all and get through somehow with your optimism intact, not minding how horrible people can be to each other. And remembering that, at Christmas, there is 'plenty of room' for everyone.