National Lampoon's European Vacation

Hey, Look Kids, There’s Big Ben!

There’s only a couple scenes from the lackluster National Lampoon’s European Vacation that made this list, and that’s mostly because the film only has clever lines here and there rather than a series of great scenes. But this is one of the more memorable scenes, as the Griswold family ends up stuck in a roundabout in London all day long.

Hallelujah! Holy Sh*t!

In revisiting the entire Vacation franchise, I realized that Chevy Chase is the master of delivering meltdown monologues with just the right amount of crazy. There’s actually two great ones in Christmas Vacation, and while this one is certainly more off the hinges than the other, it’s the second one (which appears later on this list) that is one of my favorite bits of the entire series. But we’ll get to that later.

French Kiss

One might say that this isn’t so much a scene from the film as a single line. But since this is easily the weirdest interaction out of all the moments Rusty and Audrey share with their oddball cousins, it stands on its own.

Christmas Lights

Fifty stands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights. Drum roll, please. This entire scene, from Clark’s dismembering of Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer to the glorious moment when the lights work is classic holiday fare, but my personal favorite moment comes when Clark goes down the line of family members and gets to Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), “If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be any more surprised than I am now.”

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