MOVIEmeter
52
Up 14 this week

Christmas Vacation (1989)

 -  Comedy  -  1 December 1989 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 87,697 users  
Reviews: 238 user | 79 critic

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

Director:

(as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jul 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Nov 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 18 Dec 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas Vacation (1989) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Christmas Vacation.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The Griswalds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.

Director: Stephen Kessler
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid
Scrooged (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe
Bad Santa (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham
Caddyshack (1980)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

A holiday to the South Pacific turns awry, when Cousin Eddie's family and a tour guide are shipwrecked on an island.

Director: Nick Marck
Stars: Kate Bradley Simmons, Jake Thomas, Randy Quaid
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy
Stripes (1981)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day.

Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Mary Steenburgen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Art
...
...
Miriam Flynn ...
Cody Burger ...
Ellen Hamilton Latzen ...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Yule crack up! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$71,320,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In several outdoor scenes at the Griswald home a 1963 powder blue Lincoln Continental convertible can be seen parked out front. This was the last of the curved glass slab sides and is sought after by collectors. The 1964 Continental convertible had straight glass windows to provide more interior space. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen cuts a head of cabbage in half after her mother asks her if she's smoking again, the sound of the knife hitting the cutting board is heard before the knife touches the cabbage. See more »

Quotes

Art: [a messenger delivers Clark's envelope with his "bonus", the family looks questioningly] What is it? A letter confirming your reservation at the nuthouse?
See more »

Crazy Credits

"THE END" is lit up in Christmas lights. One of the bulbs pops, making the lit up "THE END" go dark. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Road to the North Pole (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Funny, Funny, Funny
24 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the one Christmas movie that I don't anyone can ever get tired of. Chevy Chase returns in the third installment of the Vacation series as Clarke W. Griswold as he tries desperately to maintain his sanity during the holidays with all of his relatives coming to stay under his roof and enduring all the mishaps along the way.

This is the funniest film in the series plain and simple. Chevy Chase has never been better. Christmas Vacation is filled with countless jokes and gags that it's impossible not to laugh.

10/10


77 of 97 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Has this movie cult following in the US? DarkKnight93
This and home alone 1 are my 2 must watch christmas movies ever year geobomber
They were afraid of squirrel? Metroid_Primer
So boring Snowdog_83
Why the hate? markqpr2000
'Let's go find your sister...' bsmale
Discuss Christmas Vacation (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page