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.

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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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