Let us take a look back at this Christmas classic, which was released 27 years ago to this day.
In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, pretty much everything that can go wrong on Christmas will go wrong f0r the Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series’ 3rd. Technically, the film received a sequel, in form of a TV movie, as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2, starring Randy Quaid (Uncle Eddie), but we don’t need to talk about that. Unfortunately, 2015 marked the release of the latest installment in the series, Vacation,
The first film in the series, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, took the Griswold’s on a cross-country road trip to Wally World, while the second film, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, saw the Griswold winning a vacation tour across Europe. Christmas Vacation, however, is the first and only movie in the series where the Griswolds don’t go anywhere, letting their families come to them.
One of the traditions Christmas Vacation keeps up, however, is how the Griswold kids, Audrey and Rust, are played by different actors. None of the Vacation films have the kids being played by the same actor. This time, Rusty is played by Johnny Galecki (Roseanne, The Big Bang Theory), and Audrey is played by Juliette Lewis (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers).
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Nicholas Guest play Margo Chester and Todd Chester, who are neighbors of the Griswold. Different parts of their house kept getting destroyed by Clark just trying to give his family a nice Christmas. The joke is kept up throughout the entire film but doesn’t get boring and is funny each time.
Christmas Vacation isn’t a perfect movie, but the achievements outweigh the flaws, as Christmas Vacation is seamlessly able to transport between genres. One scene the movie is pulling off the dark and mean humor, while also being a genuinely sweet Christmas movie.
Christmas Vacation is playing through Christmas, on Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas. They play it so damn much that you’ll for sure be able to catch a viewing, if you haven’t seen it.