Thursday, October 11, 2007
National Lampoons: Vacation (1983)
First off, let me start by saying I am a huge Chevy Chase fan, and of course the 80’s was his prime and his time to shine. In this 80’s classic, Chevy plays Clark W. Griswold, a father who doesn’t as much time with the family as he would like to. Clark has a brilliant idea to take the family on a cross-country road trip to “Wally World” to see the kids’ favorite cartoon character “Marty Moose.” The vacation Clark plans however, does not turn out how he expects. Along the way, they encounter many hilarious hurdles such as picking up grumpy Aunt Edna and the mysterious woman in the red Ferrari (Christie Brinkley.)
I thoroughly enjoyed Vacation because it is a classic comedic tale of the family going on a wacky trip to come closer to each other. As Clark so gently puts it during a time of crisis; “I must be crazy. I’m on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose. Holy *Beep*” Clearly, all that time with the family can get a bit stressful. It runs along very smoothly and you will find yourself laughing till it hurts at Chevy’s antics. Because it deals with family issues and human nature, it is still relevant (and completely side-splitting) today. The fashion and hair in this movie make it distinctly 80’s, but you do not pay much attention to it because you are too busy laughing. I would strongly recommend this movie to any fans of comedy and especially those who enjoy the likes of a Caddyshack, or other 80's classics.