Christmas Vacation, National Lampoon's

Lists: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Absurdist comedy, Farce, Slapstick comedy, Christmas movies

Brief Synopsis: "It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon."

Overall Ranking: 265 (Rank from 1989: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 63.64%
Regular 36.36%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Morgan On Media97(full review)
3Guys Adam95(full review)
Dave Examines Movies92(full review)
J Bumgardner90
Patrick Devitt90
Bryan Lienesch89 - A Christmas classic. If you don't watch this every holiday season, there's something wrong with you.
Wayne of Man I Love Films88(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest81
Andy Watches Movies80(full review)
Tim The Film Guy77(full review)

People Involved

  • Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold)
  • Beverly DAngelo (Ellen Griswold)
  • Juliette Lewis (Audry Griswold)
  • Johnny Galecki (Russel Rusty Griswold)
  • John Randolph (Sir Clark Wilhelm Griswold)
  • Diane Ladd (Nora Griswold)
  • E.G. Marshall (Art Smith)
  • Doris Roberts (Frances Smith)
  • Randy Quaid (Cousin Eddie)
  • Miriam Flynn (Cousine Catherin)
  • Cody Burger (Cousin Rocky)
  • Ellen Hamilton Latzen (Cousine Ruby Sue)
  • William Hickey (Onkel Lewis)
  • Mae Questel (Aunt Bethany)
  • Sam McMurray (Bill)
  • Nicholas Guest (Todd Chester)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Margo Chester)
  • Nicolette Scorsese (Mary)
  • Keith MacKechnie (Delivery Boy)
  • Brian Doyle-Murray (Mr. Frank Shirley)
  • Natalia Nogulich (Mrs. Helen Shirley)
  • Jeremiah S. Chechik (Director)

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  • European Vacation, National Lampoon's
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