History YMMV / NationalLampoonsVacation

11th Oct '17 3:53:30 PM santiwhite
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Clark Griswold is a psychopath with an uncontrollable temper. He commits several crimes in the film, including [[spoiler: holding amusement park employees hostage]] just so he and his family can have the trip he thinks they deserve and yet does not get arrested. He even points a fake gun at the cops! Clark [[spoiler: kills a dog]]--albeit on accident--and when his family suggests that they have suffered enough and collectively decide to go home, he lashes out at them and forces them on the trip against their wills. Clark usually has a violent outburst in his movies that is always followed by him breaking the law which makes one wonder if he is mentally ill and then makes you wonder what other things Ellen has witnessed him do over the years...

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Clark Griswold is a psychopath with an uncontrollable temper. He commits several crimes in the film, including [[spoiler: holding amusement park employees hostage]] just so he and his family can have the trip he thinks they deserve and yet does not get arrested. He even points a fake gun at the cops! Clark almost [[spoiler: cheats on Ellen]] which is he is EasilyForgiven for. Clark [[spoiler: kills a dog]]--albeit on accident--and when his family suggests that they have suffered enough and collectively decide to go home, he lashes out at them and forces them on the trip against their wills. Clark usually has a violent outburst in his movies that is always followed by him breaking the law which makes one wonder if he is mentally ill and then makes you wonder what other things Ellen has witnessed him do over the years...
11th Oct '17 3:48:32 PM santiwhite
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Clark Griswold is a psychopath with an uncontrollable temper. He commits several crimes in the film, including [[spoiler: holding amusement park employees hostage]] just so he and his family can have the trip he thinks they deserve and yet does not get arrested. He even points a fake gun at the cops! Clark [[spoiler: kills a dog]]--albeit on accident--and when his family suggests that they have suffered enough and collectively decide to go home, he lashes out at them and forces them on the trip against their wills. Clark usually has a violent outburst in his movies that is always followed by him breaking the law which makes one wonder if he is mentally ill and then makes you wonder what other things Ellen has witnessed him do over the years...
6th Apr '17 3:19:01 PM maxwellsilver
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* HarsherInHindsight:
** The "they don't close Florida" line might qualify in light of the recent immigration incidents.
** Post-recession, it's rather harder to laugh at Eddie's money troubles.

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* HarsherInHindsight:
** The "they don't close Florida" line might qualify in light of the recent immigration incidents.
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HarsherInHindsight: Post-recession, it's rather harder to laugh at Eddie's money troubles.
30th Mar '17 3:25:50 AM hackl
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** All those complaints against the idea of going to Wally World by car instead of by plane became funnier after the 2015 film revealed that Rusty became an airplane pilot.

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** All those complaints against the idea of going to Wally Walley World by car instead of by plane became funnier after the 2015 film revealed that Rusty became an airplane pilot.



* WhatAnIdiot: The whole mess of a vacation would have been avoided had Clark (or even the far more rational Ellen) made a simple phone call to Wally World to confirm it was open for the season; they would have learned it was "closed for repairs." (Then again, phone call equals no movie and no fun for us, the viewers.)
** Unless whatever happened to make Wally World need the repairs took place after the Griswolds departed or Clark decided to drive them somewhere else.

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* WhatAnIdiot: The whole mess of a vacation would have been avoided had Clark (or even the far more rational Ellen) made a simple phone call to Wally Walley World to confirm it was open for the season; they would have learned it was "closed for repairs." (Then again, phone call equals no movie and no fun for us, the viewers.)
** Unless whatever happened to make Wally Walley World need the repairs took place after the Griswolds departed or Clark decided to drive them somewhere else.
27th Feb '17 5:37:25 PM luiz4200
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* HilariousInHindsight: Clark's line about how he'll wake up one day to find the kids are grown up is quite prophetic. Over three more films and fifteen years, the kids kept getting recast to stay roughly the same age, but then suddenly we get an adult Rusty going on his own vacation in the 2015 film.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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Clark's line about how he'll wake up one day to find the kids are grown up is quite prophetic. Over three more films and fifteen years, the kids kept getting recast to stay roughly the same age, but then suddenly we get an adult Rusty going on his own vacation in the 2015 film.film.
** All those complaints against the idea of going to Wally World by car instead of by plane became funnier after the 2015 film revealed that Rusty became an airplane pilot.
10th Jan '17 4:08:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DirectorDisplacement: Creator/JohnHughes wrote the film, yet it was directed by Creator/HaroldRamis.
2nd Jan '17 3:07:01 PM Lucymae2
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** Also the "Pig In A Poke" theme song from ''European Vacation''.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In ''European Vacation'', Audrey appeared in an ImagineSpot where she ate all kinds of desserts until she was full, BalloonBelly and all. This was PlayedForLaughs. In RealLife, actress Dana Hill (who had been a diabetic since her early teens) died at age 32 of a stroke brought on by her condition.



* MostAnnoyingSound: Pig in a fuckin' poke.
3rd Dec '16 7:53:34 PM tvtropesruinedmylife22
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* WhatAnIdiot: The whole mess of a vacation would have been avoided had Clark (or even the far more rational Ellen) made a simple phone call to Wally World to confirm it was open for the season; they would have learned it was "closed for repairs." (Then again, phone call equals no movie and no fun for us, the viewer.)

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* WhatAnIdiot: The whole mess of a vacation would have been avoided had Clark (or even the far more rational Ellen) made a simple phone call to Wally World to confirm it was open for the season; they would have learned it was "closed for repairs." (Then again, phone call equals no movie and no fun for us, the viewer.viewers.)
2nd Dec '16 6:12:15 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: After being typically antagonistic as brothers and sisters are, when Audrey freaks out about Aunt Edna's death, Rusty comforts her without a second thought.


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* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: After being typically antagonistic as brothers and sisters are, when Audrey freaks out about Aunt Edna's death, Rusty comforts her without a second thought.
2nd Dec '16 10:29:53 AM Luigifan
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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: After being typically antagonistic as a brothers and sisters are, when Audrey freaks out about Aunt Edna's death, Rusty comforts her without a second thought.

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* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: After being typically antagonistic as a brothers and sisters are, when Audrey freaks out about Aunt Edna's death, Rusty comforts her without a second thought.



* NauseaFuel: The family at one point stop off at a picnic area to have some lunch. As they're eating the sandwiches they notice they're soggy, And then it hit them that Aunt Edna's dog urinated on the food. The family is understandably disgusted but Edna just shrugs and continues eating. Ugh.

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* NauseaFuel: The family at one point stop off at a picnic area to have some lunch. As they're eating the sandwiches sandwiches, they notice they're soggy, soggy. And then it hit them that Aunt Edna's dog urinated on the food. The family is understandably disgusted but Edna just shrugs and continues eating. Ugh.
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