National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 1989
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Clark Griswold, the well-intentioned, walking disaster who has dragged his family through the horrors of traveling in two previous National Lampoon Vacation films, has decided to stay home for the holidays--and the neighborhood will never be the same.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Critics Consensus: While Christmas Vacation may not be the most disciplined comedy, it's got enough laughs and good cheer to make for a solid seasonal treat.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter
Fresh

In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase's family Christmas tree is a little full wit...

June 25, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Solid family fare with plenty of yocks.

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Almar Haflidason
Fresh

June 17, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Rotten

The new film does little more than reintroduce these familiar characters (with new actors playing...

June 17, 2017
BBC.com
Ali Barclay
Rotten

As always the visual gags are more prevalent then the verbal ones, and are lit up in neon so you c...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Silly humor for the holidays; some iffy stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that much of the slapstick humor in 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is obviously directed at younger viewers -- from the cartoon opening to an impossibly high-speed sled ride -- but language and sexual references make it iffy for kids and tweens. Many of the movie's laughs depend on mishaps like falling from ladders or traveling in a car stuck underneath a big rig, but no people get hurt (a pet cat does get electrocuted). The salty talk is toned down a bit from the previous Vacation movies, but there's still plenty of four-letter words, including "f--k" and "s--t," some said by kids. The movie makes all of its characters look ridiculous, but the only negative stereotype is of a busty woman who sells lingerie in the local mall. Some characters are continually drunk. (Note: Avoid watching this when kids young enough to believe in Santa are in the vicinity, because the movie makes lots of references to who really stuffs stockings, etc.)

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 1, 1989
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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