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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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.
© 1989 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Christmas comedy has slapstick violence, strong language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that much of the slapstick humor in 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is directed at younger viewers -- from the cartoon opening to an impossibly high-speed sled ride -- but language and sexual references make it iffy for younger kids. 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 one is hurt in a way that lasts (though a pet cat does get electrocuted). The language is toned down a bit from the previous Vacation movies, but there are 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, though some show positive qualities. On the other hand, the cast is all White, and stereotypes include the reinforcement of gender roles, sexualizing a woman who sells lingerie, and less affluent family members being portrayed as uncouth. Adults regularly drink alcohol and are shown drunk, as well as smoking cigarettes and cigars. (Note: If you're around kids who believe in Santa, the movie makes lots of references to who really stuffs stockings, etc., so you may want to avoid.)

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:December 1, 1989
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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