History Film / NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation

25th Dec '16 9:33:37 AM Lucymae2
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A perennial Christmas favorite, the film received mixed positive critical reception, earning a solid 63% on RottenTomatoes. It is also notable for being the only entry in the ''Vacation'' series to take place at the Griswold home.

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A perennial Christmas favorite, the The film received mixed positive critical reception, earning a solid 63% on RottenTomatoes. It is also notable for being the only entry in the ''Vacation'' series to take place at the Griswold home.
home. Many families consider it a classic holiday movie, especially for its chaotic [[TruthInTelevision yet not too far off]] portrayal of family Christmas gatherings.



* BigDamnKiss: Ellen gives a small peck to Clark at the end of the movie before he pulls her back in for a dramatic kiss to celebrate the success of their family Christmas.



%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Cousin Eddie.

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%%* * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Cousin Eddie.Eddie, with countless one-liners to back it up.
-->'''Eddie:''' I don't know if I oughta go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brains but a piece of government plastic.
-->'''Clark:''' Do you really think it matters, Eddie?



** In contrast to [[TheOtherDarrin the Griswold children]], Eddie's eldest kids are still the same ones from the first movie, even though [[PutOnABus we only get to hear about their current exploits]].

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** In contrast to [[TheOtherDarrin the Griswold children]], Eddie's eldest kids are still the same ones from the first movie, even though [[PutOnABus we only get to hear about their current exploits]]. [[invoked]]



%%* EarnYourHappyEnding

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%%* EarnYourHappyEnding* EarnYourHappyEnding: By the end of the film, [[spoiler:Clark has received his Christmas bonus and the family has all gathered to enjoy the holiday in spite of Clark and Ellen's destroyed home]].
-->'''Clark:''' I did it.



** [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/national_lampoons_daydream_7019.jpg Just a few more seconds...]]
24th Dec '16 10:57:52 PM SnowHesher
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* CleavageWindow: The blouse that Ellen wears on Christmas Eve has one of these.
24th Dec '16 8:12:35 PM SnowHesher
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** Early in the film, Audrey asks if Clark is going to buy "another stupid Santa tie" and Clark replies that he already has one at home. During the Christmas Eve scenes at the end of the film, Clark is wearing the tie.
24th Dec '16 7:58:53 PM somebob
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* BlatantLies: While Clark was talking to his boss, Mr. Shirley, the boss tired of talking with Clark and explained that he was on a very important call. He then picked up the phone and told the secretary to get him on the phone with anyone.
20th Dec '16 10:48:17 PM Brandon
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* NoodleIncident: Ellen, at one point, points out to Clark that his family vacation plans never really go well. We of course know this already from the first two "Vacation" movies, but then Ellen mentions that Clark has made messes of weddings and [[TheFunInFuneral funerals]] in the past. A shame we never got to see ''those'' instances...
19th Dec '16 7:25:50 PM Drcynic24
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* DeadpanSnarker: Ellen frequently employs this as well as the occasional AsideGlance whenever her family becomes more obnoxious than she can bear.
19th Dec '16 3:05:24 PM Skywatcher
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* IronicEchoCut: A non-verbal version with Todd and Margo discussing celebrating the holiday after all, then wondering where they'll find a tree at that time of night. Cue Clark's replacement tree smashing through a nearby window.

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* IronicEchoCut: A non-verbal version with Todd and Margo discussing celebrating the holiday after all, then wondering where they'll find a tree at that time of night. so late on Christmas Eve. Cue Clark's replacement tree smashing through a nearby window.window.
** Followed by Clark telling Ellen that there are no lots open so late on Christmas Eve.
19th Dec '16 2:57:30 PM Skywatcher
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* IronicEchoCut: A non-verbal version with Todd and Margo discussing celebrating the holiday after all, then wondering where they'll find a tree at that time of night. Cue Clark's replacement tree smashing through a nearby window.
19th Dec '16 6:04:46 AM Movienut376
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** It's a quick moment, but when Rusty catches Clark flirting with Mary, the buxom department store clerk, he shakes his head as if to say, "Here we go again..." perhaps remembering Clark's encounter with the Ferrari girl from the first movie.
18th Dec '16 6:25:15 PM NWolfman
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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Apparently even SantaClaus isn't immune to the comic misfortune that permanently surrounds the Griswold family, as the opening credits show his disastrous attempt to deliver their Christmas presents.

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* AnimatedCreditsOpening: Apparently Courtesy of [[WesternAnimation/TechnologicalThreat Kroyer Animation]] [[WesternAnimation/FerngullyTheLastRainforest Studios]], showing that even SantaClaus isn't immune to the comic misfortune that permanently surrounds the Griswold family, as the family. The opening credits cartoon show his disastrous attempt to deliver their Christmas presents.
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