Barry Rock is not Clark Griswold.
To the best of our knowledge, he has never accidentally electrocuted a cat, locked himself in a freezing cold attic for hours at a time, nor has he ever broken a land-speed record during a sledding outing.
He has, however, nailed two trees together (the top of one and the bottom of another) to create, in his mind, the perfect tree.
Setting aside the fact that nailing two trees together to create one super-tree could be viewed as having a general regard for human excellence, this act (among other holiday misadventures) speaks to Bret’s father’s ability to get very close to being Clark W. Griswold; a huge reason why this movie resonates so much in the Rock household.
We are going to be honest with ourselves here — we are not good enough writers to explain why Christmas Vacation is so awesome.
That they do, Edward, that they do indeed.
The best we could do (aside from just re-printing the screenplay in this space) is just to say that, like some of the other comedies that have garnered high scores from the RockMovieProject, Christmas Vacation is just a slight exaggeration of how Christmas really is in a lot of homes.
In fact, how much you like Christmas Vacation is probably in direct correlation with how much you believe your father to be like Clark W. Griwold, Jr. As explained above, for Bret and his sister, special guest star Megan Rock, the differences between Clark and their father are minimal.
From start to finish, Christmas Vacation is a fantastic film, that is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming (seriously).
We’d love to hear your favorite part of the movie or favorite quote in the comments!
Five stars from Erin, Bret and Megan for the movie that is truly the gift that keeps on giving the whole year.