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“Finally, You Can Require All The Vacations In 1 Bundle”
Im happy Warner Bros. finally got the great idea to unite the four Vacation movies in one DVD package. Chevy Chase–and most certainly, Beverly DAngelo–did some of the best work here, even if the street has bumps along the way. Lets go through this lineup. . .Vacation (1983) still stands as the first and best of the bunch, back when the premise was new, the satire had plenty of snack, and the laughs were so regular (and unforgivingly crude). Chase plays Clark Griswold, the ultimate boob of a dad who takes his (reluctant) family cross country from Chicago to California to Wally World, a beloved Disney-esque theme park. The running joke of this series is that Clark watches his carefully made plans of an ideal vacation go down the tubes as he ultimately goes off the deep end and blows off his family into the tenth level of hell. Ranked automobile rentals, asking for instructions in a terrible part of town, falling asleep at the wheel, undesirable relatives (courtesy of the great Imogene Coca and Randy Quaid as hick Cousin Eddie), on-the-road flirtations (a pulling Christie Brinkley), along with kids getting corrupted are all ripe for parody. Youll see a Lot of familiar faces along the way: Eugene Levy, Brian Doyle Murray, James Keach, and John Candy, to name a few. John Hughes kicked off his prolific 80s career writing this humor, with Harold Caddyshack Ramis directing.European Vacation (1985) is a notch or two below the original. Not a bad sequel; just uneven. It starts off well with a goofy parody of game displays (John Astin hosts with fatty lecherous glee) since the Griswolds win (just barely) a trip to you-know-where. Theres an amusing montage of dream sequences in route. Once there, the Griswolds do their best to ruin such tourist attractions as Stonehenge and Oktoberfest, and deal with overly polite Britishers (Eric Idle nearly steals the show as a masochistic bicyclist), not-so-nice French people, and goal all of the European culture. The ever-reliable DAngelo provides a number of the best laughs, but its not really enough to salvage the film. By the time it reaches the climactic kidnapping/chase scene, it slowly runs out of steam.Christmas Vacation (1989) is arguably the ideal sequel to the first. Again, Hughes pens a script which effectively deflates with mean-spirited glee that which must be the most bloated and over-commercialized vacation of this year. How many Americans have foolishly risked their necks to put a million lights on their roof? Chase excels, unsurprisingly, in physical humor, and hes hilarious. The mad search to find the perfect tree, a house overrun by relatives (such as the welcome return of Randy Cousin Eddie Quaid and Miriam Cathy Flynn, sorely absent from the last Holiday), snobby Yuppie neighbors (look for a pre-Seinfeld Julia Louise Dreyfuss), callous managers (Brian Doyle Murray), lack of holiday funds. . .the list goes on. Chases subsequent meltdown is priceless. And Quaid because Eddie steals nearly every scene hes in with his mischievous grin and mooching ways. Note that the Griswold kids now are played with future stars Juliette Lewis (Audrey) and Johnny The Big Bang Theory Galecki (Rusty). For all of the sappy holiday fare provided, this is the perfect antidote as a comedy that immediately becomes a tasteless train mess (although electrocuting a cat is a bit harsh).Vegas Vacation (1997) is a comedy which came down the pike somewhat too late. Though it has its moments (the Hoover dam sequence and DAngelos hilarious duet with Wayne Newton) and is probably funnier than most comedies of the moment, it simply seems that a lot of the pleasure and pointed satire of the franchise has vanished. The title explains it all, once more, as Clark takes the family to the sacred land where the kids get into all kinds of mischief, Clark loses his shirt, and Ellen is wooed by Newton (!!) . Even Christie Brinkley contributes to an in-joke cameo that reminds us of Vacations past. Luckily, Quaid and Flynn come back in their roles to brighten things up. However, Chases usual egocentric humor and smirk seem half-hearted, although DAngelo, as usual, gives it her very best shot. The film type of wobbles to a limp unfunny finish.So heres the entire franchise with its highs and lows. Fantastic entertainment at a good value!