National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Clark W. Griswold is back in this third installment of the Vacation series. This one is a bit different. Instead of going somewhere for a vacation, like Wally World or Europe, the Griswolds stay home for the holidays.

Written by John Hughes, the comedy works well due to Chevy Chase’s performance of Clark, who pushes every situation to the extreme. From cutting down a massive Christmas tree to putting thousands of lights on his house, there is nothing that Clark won’t take too far, and it is glorious to watch.

Randy Quaid also shows up as Cousin Eddie, the poor idiot who lives out of his crappy RV with his wife, two kids, and big dog that eats out of the garbage.

As a timeless classic, this movie is required for every holiday season. It perfectly characterizes the situations that remind you of what makes Christmas so great no matter how much goes wrong. 

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