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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Silly humor for the holidays; some iffy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that much of the slapstick humor is obviously directed at preteens, from the cartoon opening to an impossibly high-speed sled ride, but some profanity and mild sexual references make this a questionable choice for the under-13 set. Many laughs depend on mishaps like falling from ladders or traveling in a car stuck underneath a big rig, but nobody gets hurt. A pet cat, however, gets electrocuted. The foul language is toned down a bit from the previous Vacation movies, but moderate to extreme profanities are sprinkled liberally throughout the show. This movie makes all of its characters look ridiculous, but the only negative stereotype is of a busty woman who sells lingerie in the local mall.

  • Families can talk about sequels. Why is a sequel rarely as good as the original?
  • Is there a temptation on the part of movie-makers to essentially repeat a winning formula?
  • If you've seen the other Chevy Chase Vacation movies, did you find anything in this movie surprising?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It is a National Lampoon film, so any specific message is secondary to crude humor and slapstick comedy. Still, it could be so much worse.

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    Role models: This movie makes all of its characters look ridiculous, but the onlynegative stereotype is of a busty woman who sells lingerie in the localmall.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Many laughs depend on mishaps like falling from ladders or traveling in a car stuck underneath a big rig, but nobody gets hurt. A pet cat, however, gets electrocuted.

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    Sex: Some flirting with a lingerie sales lady leads to some provocative dialogue and camera angles. Later on, she appears in a daydream stripping out of her bathing suit. The camera cuts away before she finishes.

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    Language: Some profanity.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink too much.

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