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'Christmas Vacation' Just Turned 30 And It Still Remains Our Favorite Holiday Classic

'Christmas Vacation' Just Turned 30 And It Still Remains Our Favorite Holiday Classic

This holiday season is turning out to be a very special one as our favorite movie 'Christmas Vacation' just celebrated its 30th anniversary!

Now that we have officially entered the holiday season, we can join in the festive celebration in full force. Much to our delight, this holiday season is turning out to be a special one for a bunch of reasons.

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun and it is also the anniversary of one of our all-time favorite Christmas movie, 'Christmas Vacation'. The movie was released in 1989 and the iconic movie celebrated its 30th anniversary on December 1. 



 

 

'Christmas Vacation' is the third movie in the Vacation franchise and it is also the directorial debut of Jeremiah S. Chechik, who went on to direct Benny & Joon and The Avengers. The script is written by John Hughes, who is also the creator of the Vacation franchise.

Hughes wrote the screenplay of the first movie based on an article he had written in National Lampoon magazine that once starred the immortal Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold.



 

 

'Christmas Vacation' is pretty much a universally beloved franchise. It was also the last movie penned by Hughes and it took more than eight years to make another sequel. In between, there was also a direct-to-video spinoff, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure starring Randy Quad.

The official synopsis of the movie reads, "It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon."



 

 

While a number of cast members have returned for the sequel, the movie also became a turning point for newcomers, Johnny Galecki, then 13, and Juliette Lewis, then 15, who played the role of Griswold children Russ and Audrey and would both go on to become household names.

In an interview with The Rolling Stones, Beverly D'Angelo said, "I think that there was a little phenomenon with it where it was the third movie in the series, but it made more than the second one. Which is unusual. I didn't know that was going to happen. The first Vacation was rated R, but then this phenomenon happened that people brought their kids and instead of saying, 'Look at these people,' the audience went,'"This is us.'"



 

 

Galecki recalled, saying, "This was such a seminal part of my career, and understanding of comedy and life in general. I remember practically every day." 

Will you be watching the movie this holiday season? Let us know! 

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