National Lampoon's 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
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

This tree is a symbol of the spirit

of the Griswold family Christmas.

Did you bring a saw?

Looks like the toad overestimated

the height of his ceiling.

Hey, Griswold!

Where will you put a tree that big?

Bend over and I'll show you.

You got a lot of nerve

talking to me like that.

I wasn't talking to you.

Do you think there's

enough room for the angel?

Sure, honey. I have a little more trimming

to do, but that won't be a problem.


I give you

the Griswold family Christmas tree.

There's a lot of sap in here.

It looks great. A little full.

A lot of sap.

Did I tell you I talked to my mother today?

They've decided they're coming

for Christmas, too.

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

No, no, that's great.

I think you're forgetting

how difficult it's gonna be...

...having everybody in the house

at the same time.

They're family,

not strangers off the street.

All they do is argue.

Christmas is about resolving differences...

...and seeing through

the petty problems of family life.

And it's about my mother accusing

your mother of buying cheap hot dogs.

And your mother accusing my mother

of waxing her upper lip, and...

...then they don't speak to...

- Your mother waxes her upper lip?

She has for years.

It doesn't show.

I don't know, Sparky,

I just have this feeling it's not...

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.

It's just that you build things up

in your mind, Sparky.

You set standards no family event

can ever live up to.

When have I ever done that?



- Good night, honey.

- Anniversaries.





Guess you'll be lookin' at

a nice fat Christmas bonus this year, huh?

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John Hughes

An American filmmaker. Beginning as an author of humorous essays and stories for National Lampoon, he went on to write, produce and sometimes direct some of the most successful live-action comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s. Most of Hughes's work is set in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is best known for his coming-of-age teen comedy films which often combined magic realism with honest depictions of suburban teenage life. more…

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