Jenn - Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
Dave: Vacation, all I ever wanted Vacation, had to get away Vacation, meant to be spent alone
Wrong theme song but maybe this family would have better off spending vacation alone.
Jenn: These five movies I’m sure everyone has heard of and one is my favorite Christmas movie of all time, but I want to talk about them all, and not just that one because they all deserve a watch, even if it’s just one time like I did with "Vacation". (Melanie- this is our favorite - we watch it EVERY year on Christmas eve!)
"National Lampoon's Vacation" is about the Griswold family and their shenanigans as the drive across country on a family vacation. You meet memorable characters along the way like Cousin Eddie, who might show up in other movies, and though the parents remain the same, the kids and cousin Katherine who’s Eddie’s wife does not.
In the first it’s off to Wally World on a family road trip, though they would of been better off just flying.
Dave: The first vacation movie is an absolute classic. The beginning of our love affair with this fun family. So many classic moments and and funny lines. If you haven't seen it yet, where have you been for the last 40 years?
Jenn: "European Vacation" is the second chapter of these movies and this time the family is off to Europe after winning on the Pig in the Poke tv show. You’d think this time the family wouldn’t run into trouble but you’d be wrong, this second movie is good but I’m still a bigger fan of the first more. Also Cousin Eddie is not in "European Vacation" or "Vacation".
Dave: I remember seeing this in theaters. It was PG 13 so I was actually able to, unlike the previous R rated outing. It was ok. Funny at times but couldn't live up to the original by any means.
Jenn: "Christmas Vacation" I’ve talked about before, so you already know it’s my favorite and favorite Christmas movie as well. This time the family doesn’t go anywhere but invites everyone over for a Christmas get together to remember and boy is it that, but not in the way that you’d think. Clark does like to do everything big and Christmas is no exception.
Dave: This movie makes me think that Clark invented the saying "go big or go home". He outdoes himself in this one and the whole extended family is on the line in this one. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun along the way.
Jenn: The fourth installment besides the newer one has to be my least favorite and that’s "Vegas Vacation". The family heads off to Vegas to celebrate Clark’s new accomplishment at work. Though while in vegas I think Clark may just realize how important his family is to him when they all end up going there own separate ways for a bit.
Dave: Ehh, I think of this as the one that tried a little too hard. A few funny moments but fell a little short for me. Its probably the only one of the Chevy Chase "Vacation" series that I only watched once.
Jenn: "Vacation" is the most recent and this shows Rusty or Russ as he’s called all grown up and with a family of his own, wanting to go on his own trip to Wally World. He takes his family cross country just like his father did with him. Are things different, well you know that saying like father like son, it couldn’t be more true here so just think about it. These movies no matter what you may think about them are some of my favorites to watch, even though "Vegas Vacation" and "Vacation" weren’t that great, they weren’t terrible either.
Dave: I think this one was trying to relaunch the franchise but the timing was a little off. It was an ok film to sit through but not one I'd rewatch.
Dave: "Christmas Vacation 2" is one they should have never made. Its basically a Cousin Eddie feature and has the Griswold daughter (from the original) in it. You'd think that sounds good considering how lovable Eddie is, right? Wrong! Its a sinking ship that no one knew when to jump off. I hope their paycheck was good enough to erase the memory of this movie out of their minds.
Check out the trailer to the first movie & the Christmas movie below. Then scroll down for the giveaway!
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And now for the giveaway.....
Melanie's Muses will be giving away an "Vacation" Prize Pack featuring the 5 pack DVD collection from Jennifer, USA CAP, Mini Back Pack, and Canada Keychain from Vicky Pond, "Legit" author sunglasses from Nely Cab, and a hairbrush/mirror disk, leis, and wrist band from the Melanie's Muses Prize Hoard
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