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National Lampoon's Vacation
The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"National Lampoon's Vacation is an enjoyable trip through familiar comedy landscapes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs -- of which there are quite a few."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The humor in Vacation also taps into something beyond the trials and travails of a road trip gone wrong."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"A timeless comedy. Hysterical."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Though lacking in narrative and comic sophistication, National Lampoon's Vacation has something arguably more important: built-in, instant audience identification. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Despite plenty of gross-out gags and dumb slapstick bits, the careful viewer can occasionally detect some acrid and original satire in this 1983 film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Director Harold Ramis, who went on to make Groundhog Day, keeps the silliness coming at a fast and furious pace."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"National Lampoon's Vacation is a comedic cross-country adventure like no other, thanks to Chevy Chase and the rest of the Griswold family."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"A perfect marriage of collaborators on both sides of the camera."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...a zany, lighthearted look at numbskull American tourism at its most chaotic."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The result is not so much a comedy about American values as a 2,500 mile skid on a banana skin. The visual gags come thick and fast, and are about as subtly signposted as the exit markers on a freeway."
‑ Richard Rayner, Time Out
"Thanks largely to Chevy Chase's zaniness and comic timing this is a very funny movie."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"The Griswolds are a national treasure."
‑ Fred Topel, CraveOnline
"Funny family comedy, but dated and risque."
‑ Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media
"Funny, though often obvious."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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