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.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Mele Kalikimaka...
    • The "Christmas Vacation" song that plays over the opening and closing credits too.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Cousin Eddie, who is often considered to be the funniest character in the film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Any scene with Eddie and his dog, after Randy Quaid became a fugitive in Canada from animal abuse charges.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The line "Hallelujah! Holy shit!" became this to JonTron fans after he said it in his Conan the Barbarian video.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Special Effect Failure: When the flaming ornamental sleigh passes in front of the moon, the matte box is clearly visible.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to feel sorry for Clark at times; all he wants is to give his loved ones a perfect family Christmas like the ones he had when he was a kid, and it results in one disaster after another.
    • Eddie and his family, as obnoxious as they might be, mean well. The reason they showed up in Clark's driveway in their RV is because they were kicked out of their home, and they are so poor that Eddie had to tell his kids that Santa sometimes doesn't bring everyone presents.

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