National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Review (1989)

It’s Christmas so that means it’s time to spend some time with the Griswalds!  So lets get started we my National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation review.


This outing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, sees Clark Griswald (Chevy Chase) on a mission to have the perfect Christmas, with all the family generations coming together at Clark’s home.  Alas you know all will not go well and what a ride we are taken on. Right from the beginning when the Griswalds are on their way to choose the tree we are treated to some great comedy car action.

The craziness just keeps coming whether it’s Clark putting up the house Christmas lights or when Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) shows up with his family to enjoy the festivities there is never a dull moment.  If you have seen it before you will know exactly what I’m referring to, if you are yet to see National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation you are in for a treat with plenty of fast paced comedy action.


Chevy Chase is outstanding as are all all the cast, in particular Beverly D’Angelo as Ellen Griswold (Clark’s wife), they have great chemisty.  Randy Quaid’s arrival in his RV really takes the comedy action to another level.

Music & Writing

The film’s soundtrack has you in the Christmas spirit right from the opening credits and that’s got to be a good sign.

John Hughes deserves a huge amount of credit from writing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Hughes known for such classics as Planes, Trains and Automobiles , Uncle Buck, Home Alone and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to name just a few.


Maybe it’s because I’m getting older but that old cliché “They don’t make them like this anymore” seems to ring true.  This film was made in 1989 and I don’t see a lot of classic Christmas movies past the nineties.  This year’s offering Love the Coopers or to give it’s UK name Christmas with the Coopers attempts the family Christmas comedy but ultimately fails to deliver.

The good news is what with the advent of Blu-ray and fancy televisions most of are classic movies are being digitally remastered meaning we can continue to enjoy those movies we grew up with for years to come.  Not only that but we can introduce our children to them and enjoy them as a family, providing they are family friendly ones of course.

I guarantee if you are not in the Christmas mood now you will be having watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

So what is my National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) movie rating?Recommended Films

  • Movie Rating: RECOMMENDED
  • Blu-ray Picture & Sound: GOOD



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Final Thought

So if you are looking for a Christmas movie to watch this week this one will have you full of seasonal cheer.  Or maybe just bent over in stitches with laughter.  Well I’ve just finished watching it and I am!!!

Have a great Christmas and if you are still not convinced by my recommendation check out the original 1989 trailer…

I hope you are enjoying our recommended movie series, there plenty more on the way…

So that was my National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation review, are feeling in the Christmas mood yet?  Is this on you movies to watch this Christmas?

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Genre: Comedy

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without watching the Griswalds enjoy theirs, pure comedy gold.