Sunday, December 19, 2010

12 films of christmas: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Welcome to our home - what's left of it.

We're nearing the end of the list and you could not possibly think I'd forget National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.   Clark Griswold's old-fashioned Christmas gone horribly awry is a modern Christmas classic.  (and a cautionary tale that the road to holiday hell is paved with good intentions)

There's never a dull moment in the movie and just too many classic scenes and lines to list.  It's a great movie to watch when it feels like your own Christmas prep is out of control - be thankful you don't have a giant Christmas tree, a deranged squirrel and a SWAT team to deal with.

Fun fact: Frank Capra III, the grandson of It's a Wonderful Life director, Frank Capra, was the Assistant Director of Christmas Vacation. (iMDb)

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