National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 2
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The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
Jul 29, 1983 Wide
Aug 27, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures
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Anthony Michael Hall
Man Giving Directions
John P. Navin Jr.
Motel Desk Clerk
Kamp Komfort Clerk
Jeannie Dimter Barton
Dodge City Cashier
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs -- of which there are quite a few.
Though lacking in narrative and comic sophistication, National Lampoon's Vacation has something arguably more important: built-in, instant audience identification. [Blu-ray]
...an enjoyable trifle that showcases Chevy Chase's low-key comic talents as well as anything else he's done. (Blu-ray Edition)
...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic.
This boasts a great cast from start to finish, but the funniest moments in this film for me invariably come from Randy Quaid, who plays Chase's dumb country cousin.
There are plenty of funny moments in this comedy that introduced the world to bumbling everyman Clark Griswold. The second best in the series after Christmas Vacation.
Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Vacation
- Clark Griswold: Sure, how much you need?
- Cousin Eddie: $52,000.
- Clark Griswold: Excuse me, Holmes?
- Clark Griswold: Excuse me, holmes.
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Latest News on National Lampoon's Vacation
April 24, 2013:New Line Puts New Vacation Movie on Hold
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