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5 stars for the movie, 1 for the DVD
on November 27, 2002
So here we are with the holiday season upon once more and Warner have still denied us a widescreen release of this movie. Buying it would only confirm to them that non-OAR movies sell so I have never considered it. Too bad, it's a great movie.
With a strong John Hughes script, an ace comic performance from Chase and onslaught of jokes and quotable dialogue this is best of the "Vacation" series.
This time the Griswolds are staying at home in the snowy suburbs of Chicago and are preparing for the `best Xmas ever' as Clark has been dreaming of a `good ol' fashioned family Xmas all his life'. But it's not that simple. The in-laws hate each other, brother and sister are forced to sleep together, there's no Xmas bonus (not a good one anyway) and the hick cousin imposes in an impromptu `surprise' visit. It seems like a disaster waiting to happen but there is no waiting. Just disaster as everything that can go wrong...does. And them some. But the ever-delusional Chase will not let any little mishaps sway his optimism.
The suburban-American Xmas atmosphere is captured perfectly and snow covered scenery gives the impression of a very cosy Xmas. Watch this film during advent, I guarantee it will be to your festive benefit.
Did I say that Randy Quaid is just hilarious in this movie? Cousin Eddie are one and the same person. It's a miracle performance. Too bad that miracle doesn't extend to this DVD.