Christmas Vacation

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Jeremiah S. Chechik
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
64%
PG-13
Year:
1989
97 min
10,424 Views


It looks great. A little full. A lot of sap.

- Did I tell you I talked to my mother?

- And?

They've decided they're coming

for Christmas too.

- It's not too late to change our plans.

- No, no, that's great. That's great.

- It's not too late to change our plans.

- No, no, that's great. That's great.

You're forgetting how difficult

it's gonna be...

...having everybody in the house.

Honey, they're family.

They're not strangers off the street.

All they do is argue.

Christmas is about

resolving differences...

...and seeing through the problems

of family life.

Yeah. And about my mother accusing

your mother of buying cheap hot dogs.

And your mother accusing my mother

of waxing her upper lip.

- Then they don't speak to each other--

- Your mother waxes her upper lip?

- She has for years.

- It doesn't show.

- I don't know, Sparky. I have a feeling--

- Ellen.

I want to have Christmas

here in our house.

It means a lot to me. All my life I've

wanted to have a big family Christmas.

I know.

It's just that I know how you build

things up in your mind, Sparky.

You set standards that no family event

can ever live up to.

You set standards that no family event

can ever live up to.

When have I ever done that?

- Parties. Weddings. Anniversaries.

- Good night, honey.

- Parties. Weddings. Anniversaries.

- Good night, honey.

- Funerals. Holidays.

- Oh, great.

Vacations. Graduations.

You should be looking at

a fat Christmas bonus this year, huh?

Word is you're an excellent choice to be

named Additive Designer of the Year.

- Nah.

- I'm not kidding.

What's that new thing you got

at Food and Drug?

Oh, the crunch enhancer?

Yeah, it's a non-nutritive cereal varnish.

It's semipermeable, not osmatic.

It coats and seals the flake...

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). more…

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