The Hughes Reviews: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

Among my favorite Christmas movies of all time is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. I can't seem to make it through the holiday without this one (It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and Gremlins also must see holiday movies). Along with Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I site this one as another perfect comedy, but for entirely different reasons.

The Griswold's have long been a reference point for my own family experiences and I can point to several scenes and characters from this one and the original that mimic events in my own family history. Perhaps that' why we find this film so appealing, beyond the heightened moments, we find something truthful in it. We do in fact see our own reflections in Clark and his family.

This review has a tad different tone than the previous movie reviews I've done, simply because it's difficult to analyze this film, it seems almost to be pretension/critic proof. Also, since my review for National Lampoon's Vacation (The first film) will be a two part capper to the Hughes Reviews, I felt whatever I need to say about this colorful cast of characters in relation to their creator, I can cover their (And there is a lot of wonderful stuff to cover!)

Hope you're enjoying these reviews. We have Sixteen Candles for next month and will cook along with the teen canon and some special guest and tag team reviews in the months ahead, so please keep checking back. I will be posting one more time before the new year, but for now have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday.

-Rob Out.