National Lampoon’s Vacation
1983 road comedy Vacation has become one of the greatest comedy classics of the 1980s, and perhaps time, mainly thanks to Chase’s (Caddyshack,1980) talent for deadpan comedy and one of the greatest comic characters ever created: Clark Griswold. He may be selfish and at times even stupid, but his undying optimism and his endearing wish to be closer with his family has you constantly forgiving his at sometimes misfurtunated choices, especially because he just seems so very human. We all know that guy to one degree or another. The movie was based on a short story John Hughes wrote for National Lampoon magazine (hence the name) and was an instant succes spawning so far three sequels and a 2015 reboot/sequel Vacation. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo returned for all movies with the children being replaced everytime for something that began to be something of an ongoing joke and randy Quaid brought the spectacle to a maximum in both this and the Christmas and Las Vegas edition of the franchise, as the obnoxious cousin Eddie. A mixture of great comic cast and stories perfectly balancing the humour so it is stretched as far as possible without ever topping over to become ridiculous, this is bound to continue holding its place as one of the very best comedies ever made.