In 1983, one family took the audience on a whirlwind vacation while making commentary about the growing vacation culture itself of the 1970s and 1980s. The National Lamppon’s Vacation earned over $60 million in box-office sales upon its premier, partially because of how relevant the family’s mishaps, fights, and overall struggles to enjoy a family holiday were. Little did director HarolRamis know, he was starting a fan culture of vacation films.
Throughout the 1980s, family films took a turn towards real-life experiences and over-exaggerating trivial circumstances and trials of a “typical” 80s family. Chevy Chase and National Lampoon’s Vacation spawned National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in 1989 and National Lampoon’s European Vacation in 1985. All of these films center around the father wanting to give his family the best vacation possible while unwanted family or guests pop-in the scenes and several pitfalls meet him along the way. During the 1980s, family …Learn More →