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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In Germany, Rusty meets a blonde woman, who, while making out with her, shows him her bare breasts. In reality, Jason Lively was seventeen, and Claudia Neidig was twenty-four. Filming that scene in America may have been illegal. See more »
In the Paris hotel room, Clark flops onto the bed and falls off. He quickly gets up and sits on the side when Rusty appears to talk about acclimating to France. Suddenly out of nowhere, Clark produces a set of berets from behind him for the family to wear. See more »
Oh the hills are alive with the sound of Griswold/this shit's been around for a very long time./I'm feeling so high, I just can't stand it/It's as if I've been here for at least a week.
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The opening credits are stamped on various parts of passports, including the passport photos of the cast. See more »
When aired on TV, Clark's song "The Sound of Griswald" was altered; "This shit's been around for a very long time" was changed to "This stuff's been around for a very long time." See more »
I'm surprised by all the negative comments - this was the first National Lampoon movie I saw, so I came to it fresh. OK, so it's not a great work of art, but I thought it was side-splittingly funny in places, and cleverly parodies all the national stereotypes that people tend to use.
As a great fan of visual humour, my favourite moment in the film has to be the scene where, having had all their clothes stolen, the family go shopping in a boutique in Italy and emerge on to the street dressed in absurdly over-the-top designer creations. It really is one of the funniest sights I have ever seen in a film. I defy anyone with a sense of humour not to laugh.
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