Christmas flick #11

14 Dec

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Speaking of “enhancing your Christmas enjoyment”…if this movie does not speak volumes about what the holidays are or have been like in your house, then you and I may not have much in common.

Once upon a Christmas time, my family was sittin’ ‘round the table, saying grace over a Christmas dinner my mom had spent a week slaving over.  Everything was perfect, from the gleaming heirloom china, to the proper place settings, to the children in clean red and green clothes.  Until like Aunt Bethany, I just had to ask, “What’s that noise?”  Nobody really minded me, so I got up to check.  I returned to the table.  “Uh, Mom?  There’s a waterfall in the playroom.”  A pipe in the ceiling (what the pipe was actually doing in THAT place in THAT ceiling I’ll never know) had burst, and there was indeed an enormous waterfall flooding the room.  Fortunately for my mom, Cousin Eddie was not there to take a shower in it to enhance her Christmas enjoyment.

If you’ve ever had a less-than-perfect Christmas (or family), you’re really gonna feel for Clark W. Griswold and his jelly-of-the-month club.  “The little lights are not twinkling.”  “If this gets dented, my hair just won’t part right.”  “Squirrel!!!!!”

It may be rated PG-13, but it gets the Jennifer White rating of R for the department store lingerie scene and especially the “Mele Kalikimaka” scene.  Once you hear Bing Crosby start singing, it’s time to hit the skip button on your remote.  There’s also a good bit of foul language.  You’ve been warned…but I hope you won’t let those things stop you from seeing it.  It’s a great way to blow off steam when you’re up to your eyeballs in familial insanity.  Enjoy with a moose cup of eggnog and a big bottle of Tylenol.

One Response to “Christmas flick #11”

  1. Jason December 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I *LOVE* that movie!!!! It’s only PG-13? Huh. Have always thought it was rated R. In any event, there’s no way I’m allowing my 11 year old (and all the sibs under him) see it!

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