Why is the floor wet, Margo? Find out when CALS Ron Robinson Theater shows CHRISTMAS VACATION tonight

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, PG-13)The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in the third and most successful entry in the Vacation film series. (Plus it features the song stylings of the one and only Mavis Staples.)  All the fun is on the big screen at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater tonight.

This time America’s most dedicated dad, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on the Griswold family fire.

Joining Chase in this holiday romp are Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, and Miriam Flynn from the previous Vacation movies. Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki take their part in the revolving door of actors playing the Griswold kids.  New to the family in this edition are E. G. Marshall, Doris Roberts, John Randolph and Diane Ladd playing Ellen’s and Clark’s parents. Film veterans William Hickey and Mae Questel lend their talents as other relatives. Nicholas Guest and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are the annoyed neighbors next door while Brian Doyle-Murray plays Clark’s boss who would give Scrooge a run for his money.

Fun fact: Chris Columbus started working on HOME ALONE after he left this project because he could not get along with Chase.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

12 Days of Christmas Movies: CHRISTMAS VACATION

Christmas-VacationChristmas Vacation is definitely a modern classic. This movie aptly captures all that the holidays can be about: spending too much money, spending too much time with relatives (not that I have ever felt that), spending too much effort on decorating.  This is the one “Vacation” movie in which Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey are presented as the relatively sane ones surrounded by craziness.

It is hard to pick a favorite scene, there are so many wonderful ones.  From Aunt Bethany reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of saying grace, to the cat and the tree, to Clark’s efforts to decorate the house, to the obnoxious neighbors, to Cousin Eddie, to …. well the list goes on and on.

How the actors kept straight faces throughout the filming of this movie is beyond me. But they did, and the reward is a fun movie that never disappoints to delight.