National Lampoon’s Vacation
1983
**½
Director: Harold Ramis
Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Miriam Flynn, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, John Candy, Christie Brinkley

The Griswold family lives in Chicago. They embark on a vacation trip to the Walley World theme park in California, but nothing seems to go to plan. This popular road trip comedy is fueled by clichés, or maybe the movie is responsible for the entire genre and its tropes. There are some enjoyable moments, but they are few and far apart due to the pacing, which is both refreshingly and painfully slow. Followed by National Lampoon’s European Vacation.