National Lampoon’s Vacation
All he wanted to do was take his family on a little vacation. A nice, happy car ride from Chicago to Walley World in California.
Was that too much to ask?
Yes. Yes, apparently it was.
When Clark Griswold piled the clan into the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, he may have had one hell of a week, but we got treated to what’s arguably among the funniest movies of all time.
Written by John Hughes (in his pre-Sixteen Candles days) and directed by Harold Ramis (in his pre-Egon Spengler days), Vacation boasts a cast that includes Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Anthony Michael Hall (in his pre-The Breakfast Club days), with cameos from John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Christie Brinkley. Throw them all together, and it’s a no-brainer– you have comedy gold.
There’s far too much gut-busting goodness to list it all here, so we’ll leave you with a few thoughts:
· “This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy…”
· “I don’t know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself, huh?”
· “This is not the car I ordered. I distinctly ordered the Antarctic Blue Super Sports Wagon with the C.B. and optional rally fun pack.”
· “Taxi! Taxi! Here boy!”
· “Here’s the leash, sir. I’m going back to get the rest of the carcass off the road.”
· “Sorry folks, park’s closed. Moose out front shoulda told ya.”
· “Oh God, ease our suffering in this, our moment of great despair. Yea, admit this kind and decent woman into thy arms of thine heavenly area, up there. And Moab, he lay us upon the band of the Canaanites, and yea, though the Hindus speak of karma, I implore you… give her a break.”
…and not only was Vacation a masterpiece in and of itself, it of course went on to spawn a series of sequels. And though they were all funny in their own right, they (and pretty much every comedy ever made) pale in comparison to the genius that was Vacation.
We ♥ National Lampoon’s Vacation.