in about 100 words or less
USA 99m, Colour
Director: Harold Ramis; Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca
Determined to drive his reluctant family across country to Wally World in their metallic pea Wagon Queen Family Truckster, Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold is arguably at his funniest in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Chase’s ability for slapstick and physical comedy in practically every scene has rarely been matched in any other comedic film performance. Despite Chase’s screen dominance, director Harold Ramis somehow provides the supporting cast with the opportunity to shine in a number of terrifically funny performances. The movie is nicely held together with the use of a memorable soundtrack and some oddly hilarious musical numbers – all of which make Vacation one of the best comedies of the 1980s (Klaus Ming September 2010).