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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 26 July 1985 (USA)
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

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The Froeger's Son
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The Griswolds win a vacation to Europe on a game show, and thus pack their bags for the continent. They do their best to catch the flavor of Europe, but they just don't know how to be be good tourists. Besides, they have trouble taking holidays in countries where they CAN speak the language... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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For over two thousand years, Europe has survived many great disasters. Now for the real test. Chevy Chase & his family are coming from America! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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National Lampoon's European Vacation  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Although he is credited as one of the writers of the film (as well as for the characters), John Hughes was not involved with this film. In fact, he had no idea they were coming out with a National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) sequel until he saw a preview of it on TV. See more »

Goofs

Clark gets into the passenger seat, thinking it's the driver's seat. When he and Ellen change places, she leaves the door open. The door is closed when Clark reaches that side of the car. See more »

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[In England, Rusty sees a young man with a punk Mohawk haircut]
Rusty Griswold: That's it! That's it! That's the way I want my haircut, Dad!
Clark Griswold: Rusty, you don't want to look like a rooster do you?
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The end credits play over a montage of shots of American pop culture. See more »

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Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Christmas Vacation 2: Part 1 (2010) See more »

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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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There's chaos ensured with the Griswalds!
11 September 2009 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

The Griswalds' represents family… well they try their best. Anyhow European vacation is the first follow-up to the original Vacation, and this entry directed with infectious verve by Amy Heckerling with John Hughes returning with the simple-minded screenplay (with colorful dialogues) is just as spontaneously fun and is even more goof-ball with its well-timed mad-cap developments descending into holiday havoc and fitting performances of a dysfunctional family that's hard to find not sort of quaintly lovable. A gleaming Chevy Chase boasts a dry, but clownish style and the perky Beverly D'Angelo is lovely as ever. The kids played by Dana Hill and Jason Lively create unhinged and spirited personalities that cement their nagging attitudes. Along for the trip is an amusingly recurring cameo appearance by Eric Idle. Robbie Coltrane shows up and John Astin is enjoyable in his early part in the film too. Throughout the feature they manage to squeeze in some sight-seeing, of a few prominent landmarks and make use of the wonderfully vivid and beautiful European locations than just stemming with the on-going physical gags and slap-stick routines. Why not have both and it's quite an eventful mixture. Sure it's all wacky, low-brow and inane, but it's never aiming to be anything else than to simply poke fun of itself. These films need to catch you in the right frame of mind, so just switch-off and go along with the silly, light-weight and delightful farce.


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