in about 100 words or less
US 97m, Colour
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik; Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, John Randolph, E.G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Although I clearly recall being disappointed when this came out in 1989, and thinking that it was nowhere near as funny as Vacation (1983), it gradually became a holiday favourite of mine. However, not having watched it in at least ten years, I’ve come to the conclusion, after a much-anticipated Christmas Eve viewing last night, that my first instincts were correct. Christmas Vacation is not nearly as good or as funny as I had come to believe. Aside from a couple of Chevy Chase moments of physical comedy, the Griswald’s most fun-filled old-fashioned family Christmas was highly disappointing (Klaus Ming December 2018).