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National Lampoon's Vacation

  R HD Closed Captioning

Harold Ramis

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Plot Summary

From the creators of "Caddyshack," "Animal House" and "Groundhog Day" comes this #1 box office hit that spawned two sequels! Chevy Chase mans the wheel and convinces his all-American family that the way to really enjoy their holiday is to hit the road west for Wally World. And so the Griswalds take us in their station wagon on the ultimate comic cross-country trip full of laughs, landmarks, falling asleep at the wheel, and just how to deal with annoying Aunt Edna's (Imogene Coca, "Your Show of Shows") untimely fate in the middle of the "perfect" vacation. Featuring the hysterically zany cast of John Candy ("Cool Runnings," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles"), fellow SCTV alumn and Emmy-winner Eugene Levy ("Father of the Bride"), Saturday Night Live alumns Anthony Michael Hall ("The Breakfast Club"), Brian Doyle-Murray ("Groundhog Day") and Oscar-nominee Randy Quaid ("The Paper"), and supermodel Christie Brinkley.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs -- of which there are quite a few. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Aug 24, 2014

Fresh: National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Half-baked but occasionally hilarious, National Lampoon's Vacation gets a reasonable amount of mileage out of depicting the disaster-prone journey of a "typical" family of four, the Griswolds of suburban Chicago. – Gary Arnold, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2015

Fresh: Despite plenty of gross-out gags and dumb slapstick bits, the careful viewer can occasionally detect some acrid and original satire in this 1983 film. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Truly great comedy. One of the all time greats.

This is one of those comedies that you can watch again and again. It is that good. The cast is wonderful in their roles. Both this and Christmas Vacation are the two best out of the Vacation movies.

ridiculous ...

this film will have u cracking-up from start 2 finish. really fun, obvious humor, w great collaboration of actors.

Great movie

I love this movie. Christmas vacation, Vegas Vacation and Europian vacation also have Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. They are all really good.

National Lampoon's Vacation
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1983

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  1. Vacation 5-Film Collection, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.