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
Chris Columbus was originally set to direct, but dropped out, due to him and Chevy Chase not getting along. He worked with John Hughes on the first two Home Alone films and Only the Lonely (1991). See more »
As the dog chases the squirrel through the house, one shot has the squirrel disappear suddenly, revealing the jump cut between the shot of the squirrel and the shot of the dog. See more »
[a messenger delivers Clark's envelope with his "bonus", the family looks questioningly]
What is it? A letter confirming your reservation at the nuthouse?
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The opening credits feature a cartoon of Santa delivering the Griswold family's Christmas presents while also getting electrocuted, hit by bricks, setting his pants on fire, falling into the snow and being chased by a rolling snowman head See more »
The Warner Bros. logo with the Warner Communications byline can be found on the theatrical and VHS releases and the 1997 DVD release, but the 2003 DVD has the 1998 logo with the AOL Time Warner byline. See more »
This is probably the best Vacation film to come from the National Lampoon series. There are so many laughs to go around (thanks to writer John Hughes) that it boggles the mind (and it might be the final time Checy Chase brings belly laughs). Here, the Griswalds don't go on a vacation, but instead the family stays in Chicago where there relatives come to town and hell will come too. Randy Quaid makes this film a treat by having just laugh out loud moments on the screen. Great fun for the whole family (I think). A+
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