National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

Harold Ramis directs Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and John Candy in this classic hit comedy where a disastrous all American family go on a road trip across the US of A.

Holiday ro-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oad! Massive affection for the first two movies. They were family favourites growing up despite the risqué content. This is a little less broad and a little more dusty than European but hits the spot all the same. Even when the gags fail, Chase and D’Angelo win you over with their energy and chemistry. Chevy is a clown screen actor with two settings… slapstick gormless and smug over confidence. Vacation leans into the former with still a unique pinch of the latter. Beverly must be the hottest ‘mom’ ever to play the wide eyed, big hearted straight man in this kind of endeavour. “Oh Sparky…”


Perfect Double Bill: National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)

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