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European Vacation (1985)

National Lampoon's European Vacation (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 26 July 1985 (USA)
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The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

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Amy Heckerling

Writers:

John Hughes (screenplay), John Hughes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen Griswold
Dana Hill ... Audrey Griswold
Jason Lively ... Rusty Griswold
John Astin ... Pig in a Poke Host - Kent
Sheila Kennedy ... Game Show Hostess #1
Paul Bartel ... Mr. Froeger
Cynthia Szigeti Cynthia Szigeti ... Mrs. Froeger
Malcolm Danare ... The Froeger's Son
Kevi Kendall ... The Froeger's Daughter
Tricia Lange Tricia Lange ... Game Show Hostess #2
William Zabka ... Jack
Wendy Goldman ... Stewardess
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge Julie Wooldridge ... Princess Di
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

26 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

European Vacation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,329,627, 28 July 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,400,000
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Rusty Griswold: Who was it that said when in Rome do as the Romans do?
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European Vacation: 6/10
7 February 2003 | by movieguy1021See all my reviews

`Pig in a Poke' is the newest game show in the US. Families dress up in pig costumes and answer questions. At the end, they can be pigs and win a great prize. And who's starring on it? Why, none other than our favorite family the Griswalds (spelled differently in this one than the others)! After a close competition with resident champions the Froegers, they win a European vacation. Audrey (Dana Hill) doesn't want to leave behind her boyfriend Jack (William Zabka), and Rusty (Jason Lively) just doesn't want to go. They do, reluctantly, but this two week vacation doesn't go without a hitch.

2nd released in the series, and usually considered least of the series, which I go with. Simply, it's not as funny as the others: Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation. It tries to be more raucous and irreverent than the others. It doesn't have a central grasp on any one plot. They go across Europe, but there's nothing that connects all of the destinations. For instance, in Vacation there was Aunt Edna; Christmas Vacation, it actually had a real plot, and in Vegas Vacation there were a few subplots, but they all went through.

All that isn't to say that it wasn't funny, it's just not as funny as the other three. As heard from Chevy Chase on the subpar DVD commentary, he wishes to do another Vacation movie. I would like to see that. Many of the laughs came from slapstick and pratfalls, which aren't my favorite types of humor. Some of them were predictable (they go to Stonehenge…guess what?), but some of the gags (like on the train to Rome) were nice.

The MPAA wrongly gave this movie its PG-13 rating. It most definitely should have been rated R. The writers, which include veteran John Hughes, must have tried to keep the humor in the PG-13 range, because they didn't `rough it up' as much as they wanted to.

One last thought: if there was an earlier movie version of Chicago, Beverly D'Angelo would have been perfect as Roxie.

My rating: 6/10

Rated PG-13 for sustained scenes of nudity, sexual situations, teen drinking and language.


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