National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation

The Cheap Casino

This is really the only worthy scene that I found in Vegas Vacation as the rest of it is just lame and mostly unfunny. Much like European Vacation, there are some funny lines and very quick moments, but entire scenes of great comedy are hard to come by. Though I would like to point out how much I love the moment in the buffet when Cousin Eddie’s eyes roll in the back of his head and he has to slap the metal plate in order to focus again. If I could have found it online, I would have featured it, but no such luck.

I Think You’re All F*cked in the Head

Remember when I said Chevy Chase was a master of the meltdown? This is the first example of that in the Vacation franchise, and Christmas Vacation captured it again perfectly. It’s Clark Griswold at one of his most unhinged moments.

The Hap-Hap-Happiest Christmas

This is no doubt the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse. This is absolutely one of my favorite scenes in the entirety of the Vacation franchise, and Chevy Chase’s wild-eyed dedication to a good ole family Christmas doesn’t get any more scary than this.

First Ones Here!

It just doesn’t get any better than this. A moment of glory followed by complete disappointment. But we’re given another classic Chevy Chase moment after he punches Marty Moose in the face. Actually, for some reason it was this particular monologue that made me realize that Chase is a master of sparsely and effectively dropping the f-bomb.

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After a week of revisiting the Vacation franchise, these are the scenes that I found to be the best out of the entire series. And while Vegas Vacation and European Vacation don’t have much to offer upon rewatching, it did help to watch all of them in proximity with one another, if only to see how Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo perfectly get back into character for each and every one. (The same can be said for their appearance in the Vacation reboot as well.)

What are your favorite scenes from the Vacation franchise? Did we miss any?

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