NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION

★★★★

Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Christie Brinkley
1983 / 98 Minutes / Warner Bros.

In anticipation for the new Vacation movie opening this week, I decided to re-watch the classic original film that started it all. It’s been many years since I’ve seen the first one. It hasn’t quite become a staple of mine as its sequel National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which requires a yearly viewing during the holiday time. There are a lot of great classic moments that back in the day were probably much more humorous, however it hasn’t quite held up in the comedy department as well as it’s Christmas sequel has. There are a lot of scenes that didn’t feel finished and after reading what the original ending was supposed to be, some of the plot holes now make sense. I overlooked the problems this movie had when I was a kid and now they kind of stick out like a sore thumb as I watch. However, it’s still a comedy classic and Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo created memorable characters that have gone on into comedy history and will live on long after this new movie will.

Grade  B

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