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'National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)' Movie Review: Vacation in hell

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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)


The Griswold family is going to take a cross-country vacation. They are going to Wally World, a theme park named after a Moose. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his wife Ellen (Beverly D' Angelo) and their children Audry and Rusty(Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall) are going to be stuck with each other for days in a station wagon. Now doesn't that sound like loads of fun.

Now first you can't make this trip in your old car. You have to buy a new one and break it in. That's what they thought when they had ordered it. What they got is not what they wanted, but they settled and let the dealership off the hook. Now Clark has this trip all accounted for when and where they are going and how long they can spend at each stopover.

OK, a blind man could see that this was going to be a trip through hell. The Griswold's were going to stop at their cousins Eddie and Catherine's ( Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn). You would think that this would be a good thing. Well Eddie hasn't been working for awhile so he hits up Clark for a loan. The surprise of all surprises is they are going to ask Clark to drop off Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) on their way out to Wally World. What are you going to say, no. Of course, your going to drop her off. She's Aunt Edna for Christs sake, she's older than dirt.

They are back on the road again but Clark seems to want to day dream about this beautiful blonde in a red sports car that he keeps passing. Now your a married man and you still like to look at beautiful women. You just don't want to get caught by your wife. Well here is this blonde flirting with Clark and he ends up running off the road and flattening the tires.Oh did I mention they are in a dessert region of the United States. Yeah that's right Clark has to find a gas station and do it in the dessert.

Will he be able to do it,well that takes you watching the rest of this trip and the film. Director Harold Ramis does a beautiful job with this film and makes you laugh all over yourself. The movie is great and makes you happy that you would never take a vacation like this because your smarter than the Griswold's.


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