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National Lampoon's European Vacation

1985 PG-13 1h 34m Blu-ray / DVD

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National Lampoon's European Vacation

1985 PG-13 1h 34m Blu-ray / DVD
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Having won an all-expenses-paid trip on the game show "Pig in a Poke," the Griswolds head for Europe, and it's the usual comedy of errors as the bumbling Clark herds his family through a foreign land. Now, after wreaking havoc across their own country, the Griswolds are taking England, France and Germany by storm. Along the way, they see Big Ben, the Parliament Big Ben, the Parliament and the world-famous Eiffel Tower.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedy is overflowing with sexual references, including innuendo and nudity. Teenagers make out with other teenagers, sometimes in front of their parents. There are several brief, comically-portrayed displays of sexual force (including that of an adult to teen). Language is explicit, though always used humorously. Also, the teenage girl struggles with eating/weight issues that are exaggerated for comic effect.

Sexual Content

Two scenes with bare breasts in a sexual context -- one is at burlesque club, the other is when a teen boy is making out with a teen girl. The parents have a healthy and active sexual relationship. Video of parents having sex accidentally gets out to public.


Several comic fistfights. Two instances of brief, mild sexual force.


Frequent strong language, mostly sexual, like "t-ts," "ass," "slut." One instance of "f--k" in French and displayed in English subtitle.

Social Behavior

The bulk of the movie shows negative messages in a comic light, with the underlying message being the sanctity of family and respect for parents. The negatives are so extreme at points that they may overwhelm the positive message for some viewers. For example, while in the end the teenage son finds a smart, upstanding girlfriend and sees his parents as positive forces in his life, he previously got drunk and cavorted with a prostitute.


Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The mom gets mad at her husband, starts drinking, and says she's going to get "plastered." One scene includes lots of beer drinking in the background. Teenage son gets drunk once.

  • 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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