Thanks largely to Chevy Chase's zaniness and comic timing this is a very funny movie.
The humor in Vacation also taps into something beyond the trials and travails of a road trip gone wrong.
| Original Score: B+
National Lampoon's Vacation is a comedic cross-country adventure like no other, thanks to Chevy Chase and the rest of the Griswold family.
| Original Score: 3/5
The Griswolds are a national treasure.
| Original Score: 9 out of 10
A timeless comedy. Hysterical.
| Original Score: 4/4
A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera.
| Original Score: 8/10
Funny family comedy, but dated and risque.
Though lacking in narrative and comic sophistication, National Lampoon's Vacation has something arguably more important: built-in, instant audience identification. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 3/4
...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic.
| Original Score: 7/10
Funny, though often obvious.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes.
Despite plenty of gross-out gags and dumb slapstick bits, the careful viewer can occasionally detect some acrid and original satire in this 1983 film.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The result is not so much a comedy about American values as a 2,500 mile skid on a banana skin. The visual gags come thick and fast, and are about as subtly signposted as the exit markers on a freeway.
Chevy Chase is hilarious once again.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Relive some of your own dreadful family vacation moments with National Lampoon's comedy classic, Vacation.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
| Original Score: 4/5
Funny Griswold adventures. Don't forget Aunt Edna's dog!
| Original Score: 5/5
The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs -- of which there are quite a few.
| Original Score: 3.5/5