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'National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)' Movie Review: Europe still stands

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'National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)'


The Griswold's are on TV on the Pig in a Poke game show. Clark and Ellen and children Audrey and Rusty (Chevy Chase and Beverly D' Angelo and Dana Hill and Jason Lively) are doing quite well and may win the grand prize, a trip to Europe. Game show host Kent (John Astin) is kind of rooting for the Griswolds but they win anyway.

Now if you saw the first Vacation movie you would remember that these are the people who don't have a clue to have a peaceful vacation. They arrive on the continent and land in England. Clark being the man he is will go and rent a car to travel around the country. The first day out driving he hits a car and a pedestrian. He gets himself stuck in a round about for several hours. Just never seeming to be able to get the one turn off he needs.

The second day out he knocks over Stonehenge. That's right the stone blocks that have been standing on their own for thousand years or so he knocks over. England survives and they are headed to Paris. Once again Clark is driving and he runs over someone's luggage. Now Clark wants to be chic and goes out and buys some Beret's for the family. Rusty has a fit and doesn't want to wear it but concedes and agree's to put it on.

While out looking over Paris, they find themselves by the Eiffel Tower and Rusty sees a beautiful young girl. He ends up seeing her again up on the Tower and tries to flirt with her. Now the girls family has their dog with them and when Rusty's hat goes over the side so does the dog into a fountain. Rusty's not going to be seeing this girl again.

The family heads to Germany and stay's with a family they think are related to them but because of the language difference they don't realize they went to the house. Everybody is family if you think about it. They have a nice time but I'm really surpised that a war didn't start because of them.

Director Amy Heckerling brings this crazy family to Europe and they make it there and back alive. Though there are some moments you wonder. This is a great laugh of a movie so sit back and enjoy.


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