National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)

Amy Heckerling directs Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Dana Hill in this comedy sequel to the idiot-family-on-holiday hit.

A nostalgic favourite from my taped-off-telly childhood. There aren’t really enough good jokes and it feels a bit mucky a lot of the time. But Chase and D’Angelo maintain their neat chemistry and it shuttles about rapidly enough so you can never get bored. Maybe the smartest wrinkle is at the very start- the protracted game show prize is the only reason this family would ever consider leaving the States. And they do so grudgingly. If you didn’t grow up with this, you might struggle to enjoy.


Perfect Double Bill: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

I write regular features about live comedy for British Comedy Guide here


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.