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…”

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

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