National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

1989 PG-13 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

1989 PG-13 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD
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Hapless Clark, exasperated Ellen and their ever-changing kids take on Christmas in this holiday classic. As usual, all their good intentions can't save them from disaster ... or Cousin Eddie, whose surprise visit throws them into disarray.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Chevy Chase
  • Beverly D'Angelo
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Johnny Galecki
  • John Randolph
  • Diane Ladd
  • E.G. Marshall
  • Doris Roberts
  • Randy Quaid
  • Miriam Flynn
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Cody Burger
  • Ellen Hamilton Latzen
  • William Hickey
  • Mae Questel
  • Sam McMurray
  • Nicholas Guest
  • Nicolette Scorsese
  • Brian Doyle-Murray
  • Natalia Nogulich
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Reviews

age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that much of the slapstick humor is obviously directed at preteens, from the cartoon opening to an impossibly high-speed sled ride, but some profanity and mild sexual references make this a questionable choice for the under-13 set. Many laughs depend on mishaps like falling from ladders or traveling in a car stuck underneath a big rig, but nobody gets hurt. A pet cat, however, gets electrocuted. The foul language is toned down a bit from the previous Vacation movies, but moderate to extreme profanities are sprinkled liberally throughout the show. This movie makes all of its characters look ridiculous, but the only negative stereotype is of a busty woman who sells lingerie in the local mall.

Sexual Content

Some flirting with a lingerie sales lady leads to some provocative dialogue and camera angles. Later on, she appears in a daydream stripping out of her bathing suit. The camera cuts away before she finishes.

Violence

Many laughs depend on mishaps like falling from ladders or traveling in a car stuck underneath a big rig, but nobody gets hurt. A pet cat, however, gets electrocuted.

Language

Some profanity.

Social Behavior

It is a National Lampoon film, so any specific message is secondary to crude humor and slapstick comedy. Still, it could be so much worse.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink too much.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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