After the original Vacation movie, this is my favorite. My husband and I went to see this on a Saturday when it came out. Our son was about six months old and since it was his nap time, we figured that it would be alright to bring him along and save the babysitter. It is this incident that convinced me that babies don't belong in the theater.
Don't let the innocent face fool you.
It was fine to start off with. I held him on my lap and he dozed off. Being a young mom, I thought smugly how easy it was.
The movie starts with the Griswolds off to buy the family Christmas tree. Clark has definite ideas about how to celebrate Christmas. He wants the perfect family Christmas.
Rusty Griswold: Dad, this tree won't fit in our back yard.Clark: It's not going in the yard, Russ. It's going in the living room.
Clark invites all the grandparents to their Christmas. Soon there is a houseful of relatives.
Clark begins hi project of having the best lights on the block, heck in the city of Chicago. But he has a few obstacles along the way.
He almost falls of a ladder, has to untangle a huge ball of lights and check every bulb. Finally it is all set up. But when he turns them on, nothing happens.
Finally Ellen figures out the problem and they have a moment to bask in the joy.
Then Cousin Eddie shows up with his family and starts shaking things up.
Ellen: What are you looking at?Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter's morn... the clean, cool chill of the holiday air... an a$$hole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer...
[Eddie, in the driveway, is draining the RV's toilet]
Eddie: $hitter was full.
Clark: Ah, yeah. You checked our $hitters, honey?
Ellen: Clark, please. He doesn't know any better.
Clark: He oughta know it's illegal. That's a storm sewer. If it fills with gas, I pity the person who lights a match within ten yards of it.