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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

YULE CRACK UP!

Ā christmasvacationAs Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) waits for the all-important Christmas bonus, he starts planning for the best Christmas ever with his family.Ā Of course, disaster looms in this third chapter of the series, which is one of Chaseā€™s funniest movies and a modern Yuletide classic. The one ingredient that always works to perfection here is the star himself and the many hilarious lines he delivers; the rest of the cast provide robust assistance, including Randy Quaid from the first movie. This is also a surprisingly well planned film; they always have one more good joke waiting. There is sentimentality, but on a reasonable level. Slapstick sequences are uneven; some great, others pointless.

1989-U.S. 97 min. Color.Ā Produced byĀ John Hughes, Tom Jacobson.Ā Directed byĀ Jeremiah S. Chechik.Ā Screenplay:Ā John Hughes.Ā Cast:Ā Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold), Beverly Dā€™Angelo (Ellen Griswold), Randy Quaid (Eddie), Diane Ladd, John Randolph, E.G. Marshallā€¦ Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mae Questel, Juliette Lewis.

Trivia:Ā Followed byĀ Vegas VacationĀ (1997), as well as a separate TV movie,Ā Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddieā€™s Island AdventureĀ (2003).

Quote:Ā ā€œThis is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here! Weā€™re gonna press on, and weā€™re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye! And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, heā€™s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!ā€ (Chase to his family)

Last word: “I hadn’t seen the first two, and so I wasn’t really influenced by anything other than the fact that it was a big ā€“ at the time ā€“ their big Christmas movie, and comedy. And I just felt if I could crack this maybe there’s a whole other world of filmmaking for me.Ā I was nervous about accepting it, because I didn’t know about Chevy and I wasn’t sure if it was too commercial. But I agreed to do it and I had just a fantastic time doing it.Ā I just sublimated to all those directors who did those great classic comedies: Sturges and Wilder and Hawks. Those guys really became my dead mentors, as it were.Ā I decided that I would try and make a movie that would, believe it or not, that would have some lasting effect ā€“ never expecting it to do so.” (Chechik, Den of Geek)

 

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