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YMMV: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The cat scene. The director had to beg the producers to keep it in the film and they relented when test audiences gave it the biggest laugh.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Got its own page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Christmas Vacation Theme Song.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Many people turned off the movie after the cat scene.
  • Ear Worm: Mele Kalikimaka...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cousin Eddie, who is often considered to be the funniest character in the film.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Ruby Sue is played by Ellen Hamilton Latzen who played the androgynous Ellen Gallagher in Fatal Attraction. Although she looks much more like a girl as Ruby Sue. The wig she's wearing helps.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Aunt Bethany is Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, and Uncle Lewis is Dr. Finklestein.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Merry Christmas! Shitter was full!"
    • Thanks to the movie any house that has a large number of Christmas lights will invariably be known as a Griswold House.
    • "Hallelujah! Holy Shit! Where's the Tylenol?"
    • "Bend over and I'll show you!"
  • Moe: Ruby Sue
  • The Red Stapler: Quite a few items from the movie (like the Wally World eggnog glasses) are popular Christmas items and Clark's Blackhawks jersey (seen in the "Shitter was full!" scene) is popular with Chicago Blackhawks fans.
  • Retroactive Recognition: It's pretty weird to think that not many people knew who Julia Louis-Dreyfus was when the film came out.
    • Johnny Galecki counts as well, he's arguably more famous now due to his other roles.
  • Sequelitis: The direct to TV sequel is a far cry from the original.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Held by fans as a marked improvement over the mostly dull European Vacation, and a more worthy follow-up to —if not even better than— the original Vacation.
  • Vindicated by History: Although the film was well-received when it was released, in the years since its popularity has grown. It's now considered a classic Christmas film similar to A Christmas Story and many families have made watching it an annual holiday tradition.

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