Life Lessons From: National Lampoon’s European Vacation

We’ll be pigs!

It’s not likely many people would call National Lampoon’s European Vacation the best of the Vacation series. Despite solid directing by Amy Heckerling and an all-time great recurring cameo from Eric Idle, the movie was too high concept, trying to horn in a subplot involving international money laundering or something on the story of the Griswalds taking a family vacation around Europe.

Despite this, the movie does have some important life lessons to impart. So, inspired by an HBO Max compilation of travel tips from the film, here are a few of those lessons.

Hey look kids, there’s Big Ben, and there’s Parliament… again.

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For when you keep asking your coworker for clarification but keep getting the same extremely unhelpful response.

Those bells haven’t rung in years.

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For when there’s no way you can explain what’s about to happen but know it’s going to be bad.

Rusty, you don’t want to look like a rooster do you?

For when you are just incredibly confident in how you present yourself to the world and want others to feel likewise.

Clark, why don’t we just forget the “Pig-in-a-Poke” itinerary, and just play it by ear, like normal people?

For when you can no longer manage to operate within the confines of so-called “society” and must break free from all the constraints imposed on you at all costs.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Flashback Marketing

Merry Christmas! Shitter was full!

christmas vacation posterNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation arrived six years after the original Vacation and four years after the sequel European Vacation. The first movie, like Animal House in 1978, was the cinematic extension of the edgy, irreverent comedy brand begun in the magazine that provided a stark contrast to old-time comedic standards. These were powered by drugs and sex and the sense of freedom prevailing in youth culture coming out of the 60s and 70s, when the Baby Boom came of age.

In Christmas Vacation we once more follow Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) Griswold, the parents of Russ and Audrey, played in this movie by Johnny Galecki and Juliette Lewis. This time the family is staying close to home instead of traveling elsewhere. But with extended family coming to stay as well as the tensions common to the holiday season, as well as Clark’s tendency to build up expectations while also bumbling through things, it doesn’t mean the chances of hijinks are diminished at all. As with the first Vacation, it was based on a John Hughes short story that first appeared in National Lampoon.

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