MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 115 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 83,840 users  
Reviews: 236 user | 77 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 26 titles
created 08 Oct 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 49 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 3 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 6/10 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
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 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
Funny Farm (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Chevy Chase, Madolyn Smith Osborne, Kevin O'Morrison
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 7.5/10 X  

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Though Eddie's fired right at Christmastime, his boss sends him and his family on a South Pacific vacation, hoping Eddie won't sue him after being bitten by a lab monkey. When the Tuttle ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Marck
Stars: Kate Bradley Simmons, Jake Thomas, Randy Quaid
Fletch Lives (1989)
Comedy | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Fletch is a reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper, but he acts more like a detective. When an obscure relative leaves him a Louisiana mansion in his will, Fletch is naturally curious. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Chevy Chase, Hal Holbrook, Julianne Phillips
Comedy | Drama
    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 ring salesman his only companion.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Hotel Hell Vacation (Video 2010)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Clark and Ellen Griswold embark on a trip to visit their son Rusty and his family, but along the way Clark has planned a romantic getaway where everything turns to disaster.

Director: Bryan Buckley
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Meade Nichol
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

The movie is based on John Hughes' short story "Christmas '59", the second Vacation story to be published in National Lampoon's Magazine (the first was "Vacation '58", which was the basis for the first Vacation movie). The Christmas story was printed in December 1980. The label on the home movie reel that Clark finds in the attic is labeled "Xmas '59," a further allusion. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie leaves Frank's mansion, the "snow" in the driveway wiggles. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Lewis: [Clark is cleaning up the garbage off the kitchen floor after the dog went through it] Hey Gris, you're not doing anything constructive. Run into the living room and get my stogey.
Clark: Is there anything else I can do for you, Uncle Lewis?
Ellen: He's an old man. This may be his last Christmas.
Clark: If he keeps it up, it WILL be his last Christmas.
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

Spoofs Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
It could happen to you!
20 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The holidays are the hot time for those who love family to gather, and make merry. For the other 90% of the population it's a hassle, a burden, and frankly a pain in the butt. Without a doubt we've all experienced the "worst Christmas ever" but probably not like the Griswolds. This is without a doubt one of my favorite holiday films because even though family gatherings can be a pain, it's always there to (hilariously) remind me to be grateful.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite Chevy Chase movies, and it puts newer "National Lampoon" titles to shame. If you're a "deadpan comedy" fan and haven't seen this movie you owe it to yourself to wait until it gets cold, start a fire, and pop in this movie.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So boring Snowdog_83
'Let's go find your sister...' bsmale
Why the hate? markqpr2000
A remake with a different man. G-Joshua-Benjamin
Who would you rather have as neighbors? moviemom4
Do you receive a Christmas bonus? JoeBuck15
Discuss Christmas Vacation (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page