NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
Written By John Hughes
Composed By Angelo Badalamenti
Produced By John Hughes and Tom Jacobson
Edited By Jerry Greenberg and Michael A. Stevenson
Directed By Jeremiah S. Chechik
Much like Home Alone, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' knew how to combine the annoyances but also the charm of staying home for Christmas. What I really like about this movie is that it focuses on a lot of details: sure it has all the pratfalls and slapstick like many physical comedies, but it also has all the little moments that you don't think about but always recognize like the grandparents asleep on the chairs or someone just mindlessly watching a Christmas show and ESPECIALLY the family conversations.
The film got all the bits that people find annoying, but also surprisingly endearing about Christmas time; that and I'm always shocked that even though Chevy Chase plays such a filthy dirty a-hole, he still seems to be likable in his naivety. All he wants is the perfect vacation which of course never happens, but by the end he realizes all the memories it's left behind and how they'll enjoy them forever. Funny, detailed and capturing every Christmas moment, 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' knew how to expose this holiday for the enjoyable curse that it is.