Nick’s Flixmas: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation may not be my favorite Vacation (that honor goes to Vegas Vacation), it’s still pretty damn funny. Now that Vacation itself is getting a reboot/sequel in the near future, I figured it’d be a good time to revisit a film in the series. Christmas Vacation isn’t in my standard rotation of Christmas films, but why not right? 

Day eleven of Nick’s Flixmas takes on a little vacation with a film that’s probably the filthiest Christmas film in the line, but it’s oh so hilarious. 

[Nick’s Flixmas is a 25 day celebration of films Nick watches every Christmas! Nick will do some analysis, review, and just generally walk down memory lane. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride. Merry Flixmas!]

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is just one of those movies that you have to watch during the holiday season regardless of whether or not you really pay attention to it. It’s the perfect background movie. Like, I could start writing this and have it playing in the background and I’d still be able to quote it at proper times. For example I was watching it, left to the kitchen to make me a sandwich, came back and said “Yeah it’s a bit nipply out.” It was one of those movies you rarely get nowadays. Chevy Chase before his meltdown, Beverly D’Angelo in her prime, and new generation of kids that change out every movie for some reason. Oh and Randy Quaid! Oh man, wasn’t Randy Quaid a gem before he went all Unibomber on us? 

But since Christmas Vacation was made in the 80s and stars Chevy Chase, there are a lot of sex jokes you kind of glanced over the first time. There’s plenty of them. Boobs jokes, hole jokes, Chevy Chase is all awkward and sweaty. You know, good ole’ Christmas fun. But that’s all fine as sex jokes don’t really bother me as long as they’re done well. You’ll be hard pressed to find better wordplay than in the Vacation movies. They’re something else. 

Speaking of something else, that wraps up National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s on Netflix Instant if you want it watch it also. You probably should. Tomorrow, maybe something a little more kid friendly. Ehhhh, what else is on Netflix? Jingle All the Way? Not yet. 

Tomorrow is all about I’ll Be Home For Christmas starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas.