European Vacation

Synopsis: The first time the Griswalds took a trip – in National Lampoon’s Vacation – moviegoers everywhere went along for the ride… and went bonkers! Now, they’re into even zanier sightseeing in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo return as Clark and Ellen, winners of a European tour on which their teenagers Rusty (Jason Lively) and Audrey (Dana Hill) join them. Deluxe accommodations… aren’t. Clark tries left-sided English Driving, leaving Stonehenge unhinged. In Bavaria a slap-dancing polka turns into a slaphappy free-for-all. It’s holiday road havoc for the Griswalds – and your high road to hilarity!
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European Vacation 6.0

Highly predictable and not especially sharp, the film is just an excuse to watch the Griswolds bring their small-minded lives to Europe and justify everyone’s preconceptions that North Americans are ignorant. Has its moments, but falls in the same ‘80s comedy category as ‘Police Academy’. High-brow stuff 😉

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