National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) is a hilarious comedy the Griswold family taking summer road trip from Chicago to visit Wally World amusement park in California. Everything goes wrong during their travels. The car breaks down, family members die and they run out of money, (among other things). This is not the type of movie to look for deep meanings or complicated characters.
Many hilarious scenes almost cross the line between what should and shouldn’t be funny; everything from twisted humor on canine death to infidelity, but it seems to work. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants nothing more than a fun time with his family, so he packs up his children, wife, aunt Edna and her dog for a vacation that turns into one disaster after another, eventually ending up with family bonding moments over gun point.
Some of the characters are kind of flat, but Chases’ character makes up for it, with his know it all ideas that seem to never work. This movie is funny from the beginning to the end and I can honestly say I have not seen another comedy repeat the same momentum of laughter.
The family tries to convince Clark to end the trip…………
“I think you're all fu**ed in the head. We're ten hours from the fu**ing fun park, and you wanna bail out! Well, I'll tell you something, this is no longer a vacation . . . it's a quest! It's a quest for fun! I'm gonna have fun, and you're gonna have fun! We're all gonna have so much fu**ing fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our Goddamn smiles! You'll be whistling Zip-a-dee-doo-da out of your a**holes! I've got to be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose! Praise Marty Moose!”…Clark Griswold