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365 Day Movie Challenge: August 27, 2012

Movie: Vacation (1983)

Director: Harold Ramis

Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid,

Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Eddie Bracken, and Brian Doyle-Murray

Plot: The Griswold family is vacationing to Wally World, but first they have to make it across the country which may not be such an easy task.

Review: I may have cheated a little bit when I saw Christmas Vacation first, but I absolutely loved it and knew I had to go back and watch the original some day. A few months have gone by, but I finally did it. Vacation is no longer a pop culture blind spot of mine. It’s not necessarily as good as its holiday counterpart, but it’s almost as fun. It’s still a blast to see Chase back in his prime, always on the verge of insanity. He tries to be patient as everything around him is falling apart, but, as audience members, we always have more fun when he cracks. That’s why, although fun throughout, this movie really kicks into gear in its final act. Seeing Chevy completely fall apart at (what is pretty much) Disney World is infinitely entertaining and never stops being hilarious. 

I feel like Christmas Vacation is better because they were aware of that fact. They just went all out and really drove Chase’s character crazy. So that when he broke, it was all the more fun for the audience. This is a really good start though. Does anyone know if any of the other sequels are worth watching? I know they got mixed reviews, but I don’t want to miss any Vacation gold.

Grade: A

Tagged: #365films #National Lampoon's Vacation #Vacation #National Lampoon #Chevy Chase

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