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National Lampoon's Vacation

Reviewed By Ryan Arthur
Posted 10/12/98 09:58:19

"Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun."
4 stars (Worth A Look)

The Wagon Queen Family Truckster. You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it.

I think, next to Fletch, this is the best Chevy Chase movie ever. Seriously.

If you can get past the fact that it's a little bit dated, it's actually pretty funny. It's the family vacation from hell, and it spawned three sequels (all of them inferior).

Think about it: how many times have you taken a vacation to somewhere that you had been planning for weeks, months or even years, and dammit if something doesn't get screwed up. Imagine that on a much larger scale, and you've got the entire Griswold family. They end up in fleabag motels, they have inbreeds for family (led by Randy Quaid as white trash Cousin Eddie), and they kill - in succession - a dog and an aunt, neither of them intentionally. When they do get to WallyWorld, the bastion of goodness and fun, and it's closed, Clark (Chase) goes off the deep end, and takes his family through the park anyway, holding a portly security guard (John Candy) hostage with a BB gun ("What? Are you kidding me? This is a 'Magnum P.I.'!").

Funny, funny, funnny, although I never understood what was so hot about Christie Brinkley.

I think you're all fucked in the head. We're ten hours from the fucking fun park and you want to bail out. Well I'll tell you something. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much fucking fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our godamn smiles. You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of you're assholes! I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose! Holy Shit!

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