National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

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I remembered how ridiculous Christmas Vacation was, but I had forgotten how sweet it was -- for all of Clark Griswold's flaws, his fundamental motivation is to provide his family with a picture-perfect Christmas. I was also impressed, on this repeat viewing, with how restrained the comedy was -- each scene was exaggerated, to be sure, but jokes were never belabored.

FuzzyCo grade: A