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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)


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Release Date: Jul 26, 1985 Wide



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Despite the many adventures they suffered in National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswold family decides to take another crack at having fun. This time, the doltish clan heads across the Atlantic for a whirlwind vacation after winning a game show. Will the monuments of Europe survive? ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi



John Hughes, Robert Kane

Apr 2, 2002

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (13) | DVD (12)

Awkward and unamusing and ridiculous in the bad way.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

I see London, I see France, I see Chevy do a dumb dance. [Blu-ray]

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Not as funny as the first, but has its moments

October 24, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Another great Vacation movie. Typical dumb tourist antics in Eurpoe, and it still works.

July 14, 2003

Probably the worst of the series. Still provides a few laughs.

February 23, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

The lowest point on Chevy Chase's career.

January 25, 2003
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Personally, it's my favorite out of the four Vacation films. Many people don't agree with me, however.

September 27, 2002 | Comments (2)

...the film is about as brainless as the Griswalds themselves.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's a sophomoric and predictable little farce - but fans of the old-fashioned Chevy Chase (you know, the funny one) will find much to enjoy.

April 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's European Vacation

European Vacation manages to be a mediocre comedy to a great film by basically recycling ideas explored in the first film and watering them down and in the process the film suffers from being a tedious unfunny follow-up that could have been so much better than what we got. Vacation was a great film, and they tried to recapture that vibe by navigating similar territory and not exploring fresh, new ideas. Sure, the setting is different but the humor is the same, except now, it's watered down pointless and simply predictable. I really was hoping that the film was going to be good, but overall, European Vacation is a bland, mediocre comedy that simply isn't worth your time. I8f you're expecting something like the original movie, you'll sadly be disappointed. The film had plenty of potential of being a memorable affair, but it never takes off, instead it suffers the same thing that many sequels have failed to do, capture the vibe of the original. Of the three Vacation sequels that have been made, only one film has succeeded, and it's the follow up to this film, Christmas Vacation. That film completely reinvented the formula and they succeeded at crafting something truly great and as amusing the original 1983 film. I think that one sequel sufficed in this series, and Christmas Vacation was the only one that should have been made. This film leaves way too much to be desired and you're left wanting more out of the movie. European has a few moments that are kind of funny, but it's never enough to satisfy the viewer, and in the end you realize how bland this film is.
June 5, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The Griswolds are back, and this time they set their sights on Europe after winning a family feud-style game show. Chevy and Beverly are back, but this time their kids are played by Jason Lively and Dana Hill. I think I'd liked the previous two better, but these two do okay I suppose.

This is a big step down from the first, but it's still a fun, goofy movie in its own right. It seems more reliant on formula, and doesn't really break any new ground, but it was surprising to see just how raunchy they made it, and still managed to get away with less than an R-rating.

This one seems a tad more dated and not as memorable as the first, but yeah, it's still really funny and entertaining, so give it a go.
December 21, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Solid stuff, very funny in places but very dumb in others. Its hella dated though haha again Chase is making it happen here, the strip club, the German beer festival clog dance, the roundabout in London, the hotel in london, staying with the German relations etc...Chase makes this work completely with his buffoonery.
The cast is pretty good here too including a good British selection for the London part and the odd cameo from US character names, although there are more big British cameos here.
Its just the same as the first film only in Europe really, simple, not quite as hot as the first and I can't quite put my finger on it, I think the all American road trip version works so well really. The problem here I think is the silly kidnapping sub plot towards the end which just loses your suspension of disbelief, that doesn't normally happen to people so you don't relate to it, the whole point of these 'Vacation' comedies, the best part, is you can relate to the Griswold scenarios, lose that and you lose the audience.
April 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Sequel to 1983 road movie still has the innuendo and raunch that made us laugh so hard. The laughs aren't as large and frequent with EUROPEAN VACATION, but it still is definitive of the series's sponsor's name (National Lampoon).

Unlike the first one, this is not based on a short story teen comedy director John Hughes had published for the National Lampoon magazine. Nothing unfortunate about that, though! The laughs in this follow-up come from similar jokes and bawdiness that the first one had, but they aren't merely copies, either.

The cast for this one is slightly different: Clark W. Griswold, Jr. is still portrayed by Chevy Chase, and Ellen Griswold is still being played by Beverly D'Angelo; but the kids are different, which was a fairly big mistake. Anthony Michael Hall, for whatever reason, said he didn't want to do a sequel. I don't know what the deal was with the person who performed as Audrey. But still, it would have been better with the same kids as before. The new actors look similar to the other ones, but their roles are not fully believable.

That said, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION is a fun second outing. It isn't a must-see, though, and it is quite dumb in comparison to the original. Fans of #1 should enjoy it.
October 22, 2011

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