Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis, Diane Ladd
Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Synopsis: The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
What can you say about this movie? Everyone knows it, everyone watches it every year and, as far as I can tell, everyone loves it. And it definitely a festive classic. Maybe it’s appeal is diminishing upon repeat viewing, like an overplayed song, but it’s still great seeing Chevy Chase’s big smiling face on screen.
The Griswolds provide us with some classic humour and scenes that a lot of people know off by heart, the Christmas lights on the house being a prime example.
If you thought Clark Griswold and his family were nuts, you should check out the extended family, including Randy Quaid. They are off the radar, and throw a huge spanner into Clark’s Christmas works.
The film is big with laughs as you would expect, and the sub story of Clark expecting a nice big work bonus adds, in the end, the sentimental, meaningful seasonal message.
The supporting cast are all good, but obviously it is Chase who steals the show. I always think he is the precursor to Will Ferrell in some regards.
Anyway, I digress, this film has it all for a Christmas movie, as you all probably know already. If you haven’t, put it on Christmas Eve, sit back and prepare to laugh!