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Vacation [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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Vacation paved the way for the John Hughes movie dynasty of the 1980s. Written by Hughes (who would go on to write, direct, and/or produce The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and so on) and directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family), the first Vacation movie introduces us to the all-American Griswold family: father Clark (Chevy Chase), mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (future Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron). They all pile into the car for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, stopping along the way to view the world's biggest ball of twine. John Candy, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid (as yokel Cousin Eddie) pop up along the way. The movie was a big hit, and was followed by several sequels--National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation--but this one is still probably the freshest and funniest of the bunch. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Griswolds have planned all year for a great summer vacation. From their suburban Chicago home, across America, to the wonders of Wally World fun park in California, every step of the way has been carefully plotted. Except a few hundred hysterical exceptions. National Lampoon's Vacation is a sublimely goofy comedy, thanks largely to Chevy Chase in his signature role of Clark Griswold. The inept but sincere Clark takes misfortune in stride. So what if they lose all their money when their new car gets wrecked. And it's not too bad when Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) deposits sour Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) in their back seat for a lift to Phoenix. But what really keeps Clark's eyes on the road is a flirtation with a mysterious blonde (Christie Brinkley) in a red Ferrari. For those along on the ride, National Lampoon's Vacation, called "fast, funny satire" by The New York Times' Janet Maslin, is a jolly jaunt. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Chevy Chase is at his finest here and one wonders why he doesn't make more films. His timing and expressions are flawless.
Criticism - No extras at all, not even a trailer. This film lends itself to having a commentary. Let's hope a fuller version is released soon.
The comedy is slapstick, and continues very much in the vein of Caddyshack, both of which were directed by Harold Ramis. Now, anyone watching a movie directed by Harold Ramis knows just what sort of comedy they are in for: Hotwire102, I'm guessing from your review you are one of those that just didn't get it.
Vacation is a classic, and still has holds plenty of belly laughs for me 20 years on. For those 'articulate' comedy lovers Vacation will disappoint, but for the 80's generation that grew up with Porkys, Caddyshack and Bachelor Party Vacation just can't be beat. Clark Griswold For President!
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.
A hilarious comedy about one family's trip to Walley World, the unfortunate Clark Griswold takes his family on a cross country trip to go to the theme park which suffers a series of unfortunate and very funny events.
This film is followed by several sequels, the only one really worth watching is Christmas Vacation - but none of them top the original.
Sounds like a simple journey from A to B right? Wrong! The Griswolds are a gene pool of absolute disaster and nothing...NOTHING goes right...ever. The fun begins with Clark being forced to accept a disgusting metallic pea-green family truckster instead of a cool-blue sports model with CB and optional fun pack. It's literally the most hideous car in the history of automobiles (and that includes the car that Homer Simpson made for his brother Herb).
As the lengthy days on the road pass, Clark is ripped-off by street hustlers, guilt-tripped out of $500 from his hick cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid in what is, begrudgingly, his most popular role), ripped-off by a hick sheriff/mechanic, and tempted by gorgeous blonde in a Ferrari. Though Ellen doesn't take kindly to anyone with an eye on her Sparky (actually D'Angelo's pet name for Chevy Chase and not something that was scripted).
Based on John Hughes' ill-fated trip to Disneyworld when he was five-years-old, Vacation brought us Chevy Chase's most famous character (sorry Fletch) and most successful series. He has absolutely perfect chemistry with Beverly D'Angelo, who, with her large eyeballs and perfect timing, is an under-rated comic actress in her own right.
While I absolutely love the first and third movies in the Vacation series, and both definitely score 5/5, I have to say the original is the best as it has a really dark edge that none of the others have. There's virtually nothing in Vacation that isn't funny.Read more ›
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This would have had a broader appeal if the smut was left out of it. Not one for family viewing.Published 2 months ago by QUILL
I decided to watch this movie for the first time in 2016 after watching a TV documentary which told me what brilliant writers there were on the National Lampoon magazine and how... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J0n G