History Film / NationalLampoonsVacation

24th Aug '17 7:12:59 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1983 comedy film directed by Creator/HaroldRamis and starring Creator/ChevyChase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall, with numerous others (such as veteran character actor Eddie Bracken, comedians Creator/JohnCandy and Imogene Coca, supermodel Christie Brinkley, and future ''Series/ThirtyRock'' regular Jane Krakowski) featured in smaller roles.

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A 1983 comedy film directed by Creator/HaroldRamis and starring Creator/ChevyChase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron Barron, and Anthony Michael Hall, with numerous others (such as Creator/JohnCandy, Creator/EugeneLevy, Creator/BrianDoyleMurray, veteran character actor Eddie Bracken, comedians Creator/JohnCandy and Imogene Coca, supermodel Christie Brinkley, and future ''Series/ThirtyRock'' regular Jane Krakowski) featured in smaller roles.
24th Aug '17 7:01:51 PM Mdumas43073
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* ExactWords: Trying to sell Clark on the Family Truckster, the car dealer tells him, "You think you hate it now, but wait 'til you ''drive'' it."
7th Jul '17 11:04:46 AM xcountryguy
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** It even has what may be the [[UrExample earliest example]] of the "accidental airbag deployment" gag. [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1983]]! (The airbag which actually was offered on virtually zero models in 1983 [[note]]They had been briefly offered on full-size GM sedans and coupes in the mid-70s; by all accounts, the pilot run of 2,000 Chevy Impalas for the Federal govt and other large fleet operators outnumber the production 1974-76 Buick, Olds and Cadillac models sold to the public with the option[[/note]] was fashioned using a simple trash bag.)

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** It even has what may be the [[UrExample earliest example]] of the "accidental airbag deployment" gag. gag [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1983]]! (The airbag which actually was offered on virtually zero models in 1983 [[note]]They had been briefly offered on full-size GM sedans and coupes in the mid-70s; by all accounts, the pilot run of 2,000 Chevy Impalas for the Federal govt and other large fleet operators outnumber the production 1974-76 Buick, Olds and Cadillac models sold to the public with the option[[/note]] was fashioned using a simple trash bag.)



* ArtisticLicenseCars [=/=] ArtisticLicenseLaw: The dealership where Clark buys the Wagon Queen Family Truckster has an on-site crusher, for some reason, and destroys a trade-in. Not only would a real car dealer ''keep'' the trade-it so they could resell it, but Clark had only given his car over for ''evaluation''; the dealership hadn't actually purchased Clark's car yet (destruction of private property). They also ordered the wrong model and force Clark to buy it (bait and switch), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and failed to install the old plates on the new car]], or even a sticker signifying an application for new plates. Clark should have called the police when they crushed his car, but also would have been pulled over for driving without license plates as soon as he left the dealership.

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* ArtisticLicenseCars [=/=] ArtisticLicenseLaw: The dealership where Clark buys the Wagon Queen Family Truckster has an on-site crusher, for some reason, and destroys a trade-in. Not only would a real car dealer ''keep'' the trade-it so they could resell it, but Clark had only given his car over for ''evaluation''; the dealership hadn't actually purchased Clark's car yet (destruction of private property). They also ordered the wrong model and force Clark to buy it (bait and switch), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and failed to install the old plates on the new car]], or even a sticker signifying an application for new plates. Clark should have called the police when they crushed his car, but also would have been pulled over for driving without license plates as soon as he left the dealership.



* {{Jerkass}}: Aunt Edna who complains every single chance she gets as she travels with the family. [[spoiler: Thankfully she dies along the way.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Aunt Edna who complains every single chance she gets as she travels with the family. [[spoiler: Thankfully [[spoiler:Thankfully she dies along the way.]]



* RoadTripPlot

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* RoadTripPlotRoadTripPlot: 90% of the movie is devoted to the drive to Walley World.
10th May '17 9:16:19 PM igordebraga
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* KafkaKomedy: Clark's good intentions all lead to a never-ending streak of humiliating moments.



* LingerieScene: Christie Brinkley

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* LingerieScene: Christie BrinkleyBrinkley has a lot of them.



** Beverly D'Angelo!

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** Beverly D'Angelo!D'Angelo too, who even does get naked!
30th Mar '17 3:04:18 AM hackl
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* ''{{Film/Vacation}}'' (2015): A sequel/reboot to the original, Ed Helms stars as an adult Rusty Griswold who takes his family on a crosscountry road trip to Wally World. The film is written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who previously did ''Film/HorribleBosses''.

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* ''{{Film/Vacation}}'' (2015): A sequel/reboot to the original, Ed Helms stars as an adult Rusty Griswold who takes his family on a crosscountry road trip to Wally Walley World. The film is written and directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein who previously did ''Film/HorribleBosses''.
2nd Jan '17 3:03:51 PM Lucymae2
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* ''National Lampoon's European Vacation'' (1985)[[note]]Since ''European Vacation'' is so similar to the first, it's covered below rather than on its own page.[[/note]]

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* ''National Lampoon's European Vacation'' (1985)[[note]]Since ''European Vacation'' is so similar to the first, it's covered below rather than on its own page.[[/note]]''Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation'' (1985)



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!!''European Vacation'' provides examples of:
* TheAllegedCar: The Citroen DS they use on the Continent has the usual Griswold-car body addons as well as mainly being used with its' suspension at full height. The Austin Maxi they used in the UK, however, was 100% stock.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The family ends up knocking over Stonehenge by accidentally backing into the rocks. In truth, this wouldn't have been the first time the stones had been knocked over ([[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Stonehenge_1877.JPG it even happened back in the 19th Century]]), or vandalized, or even had pieces chipped off as souvenirs. This is why you're not even allowed to get close enough to touch the stones themselves anymore.
* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: The Griswolds wear pig suits on the game show.
* GameShow: The Griswolds win their trip to Europe on a game show called "Pig in a Poke."
* LeftItIn: Before the family leaves for their trip to Europe, Clark videotapes Ellen while she's taking a shower, who then tells him to delete it after he's finished. [[spoiler:The family gets their camera stolen by a thief while they're in France; when they arrive in Rome, Ellen then discovers that Clark did not delete the video of her in the shower at all, when she sees a poster advertising a movie that starred her. Apparently, the thief discovered the video after he stole the camera and advertised it as a movie.]]
* NippleAndDimed: One waitress at the ''Oktoberfest'' gathering sneaks off with Rusty, and gets her blouse off. Chuck screws things up and the family has to leg it before things progress from there.
* OddballInTheSeries: ''European Vacation'', mainly because it's the only ''Vacation'' movie to not feature Uncle Eddie and his family.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Uttered by Creator/EricIdle himself.
* PoppingButtons: Audrey's ImagineSpot in which she gets fat from European desserts.
* RealAwardFictionalCharacter: The film opens with the Griswolds facing off with a family of geniuses on a game show. The parents are both Nobel Prize winners and the kids are no less brilliant. The Griswolds win anyway... by accident.
* RecycledInSpace: The basic theme is the same, a family traveling together and experiencing every possible problem, setback, and trauma.
* RunningJoke: Or rather bicycling joke.
* ThemeParkVersion: Everything in Europe is exactly how you'd expect it to be, assuming you're an American who's never been there and who relies solely on NationalStereotypes.
* UnluckyExtra: A random English tourist (played by Creator/EricIdle), is always on the receiving end of any kind of accident inflicted upon him by the Griswolds. In fact, he even appears again in ''National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure'', during the airport scene.
25th Dec '16 8:46:24 PM Lucymae2
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[[Characters/NationalLampoonsVacation Now has a Character Sheet]] that could use some WikiMagic.
22nd Dec '16 7:31:22 PM Lloigor
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** Also leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome from Beverly D'Angelo's character when she tells Aunt Edna to "sit down, and shut up."

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** Also leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome from Beverly D'Angelo's character Ellen when she tells Aunt Edna to "sit down, and shut up."
22nd Dec '16 7:30:32 PM Lloigor
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** You can't help but wonder how it felt as it was dragged to death. Was it [[TearJerker wimpering in agony]]? Or [[AssholeVictim growling in vicious anger]].

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** You can't help but wonder how it felt as it was dragged to death. Was it [[TearJerker wimpering in agony]]? Or [[AssholeVictim growling in vicious anger]].anger]]?



* TheAllegedCar; The Citroen DS they use on the Continent has the usual Griswold-car body addons as well as mainly being used with its' suspension at full height. The Austin Maxi they used in the UK, however, was 100% stock.

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* TheAllegedCar; TheAllegedCar: The Citroen DS they use on the Continent has the usual Griswold-car body addons as well as mainly being used with its' suspension at full height. The Austin Maxi they used in the UK, however, was 100% stock.
14th Dec '16 7:54:38 AM Prinzenick
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* SlidingScaleOfAdaptationModification: The film is a Type 4 (Near Identical Adaptation); it changes some names and gives the story a mostly-happy ending, but it sticks close to the original ''Vacation 58'' short story.
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