Just finished the movie series for National Lampoons Vacation from the original to the current version. Had I watched the new one without seeing the older ones I would probably have hated it. But since I watched them all in order I really enjoyed the Ed Helms one more than I expected. That being the case here are my rankings.
5. Christmas Vacation
Christmas Vacation is a movie I tend to like more the closer it gets to Christmas and less the further away from Christmas. I watched this in January and I realized this movie isn’t about a vacation its’s about a holiday celebration involving family members who really don’t like each other.
4. Vacation 2015
Vacation 2015 is a decent attempt to revive the beloved franchise but it doesn’t really work out. In staying with the series they do give us the 5th Audrey and Rusty and probably the 2 best ones since the original. Chris Hemsworth did, however, make me laugh out loud with this huge punchline.
3. Vegas Vacation
Vegas Vacation is a fun ride through Las Vegas and it really made me want to go to Las Vegas when I first saw this movie. Rusty’s run of luck as Nick Papagorgio is some of my favorite scenes along with Ellen and Wayne Newton’s almost affair.
2. European Vacation
European Vacation is the first Vacation movie that I got to watch over and over thanks to cable television. My friends and I watched this movie quite a few times. I even still quote the “Look kids, Big Ben, Parliment” line often, even though my family hates it when I do. This one could have easily been my favorite.
1. Vacation 1983
Vacation is the one that let Chevy Chase loose on the movie world and made all of us teenage boys fall madly in love with Christy Brinkley. It made stars out of Anthony Michael Hall, John Candy, and Randy Quaid as well as Harold Ramis for writing and John Hughes for directing. It is really a ridiculous yet fun adventure. It makes me wish Wally World was a real place.