National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

National Lampoon’s Vacation Quote: “This is crazy! This is crazy! …” – Clark Griswold


Listener Tom in Crane, Texas, had one wish this summer: Give “National Lampoon’s Vacation” the Shat treatment. Shat Nation heard the call and crowdfunded this 1983 road trip classic that reminded us of traveling with our families, the first time Big D saw boobs, singing in the car, and American icon Cousin Eddie.

“Vacation” is full of twists, turns, and clever vignettes that inspired the Shat Crew to discuss a wide range of topics, including Dutch Bros. Coffee, how to treat servers, over-planning, desert survival, crappy funerals, and why Clark Griswold is the worst movie dad.

Big D gets wine drunk on “grinot pigio.” Ash defends Walter White, and we all agree that Beverly D’Angelo is an absolute MILF.

Plot Summary: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” Clark Griswold, and his supportive wife, Ellen, take their two teenage children, Rusty and Audrey, on a cross-country trip from the suburbs of Chicago, all the way to sunny California’s Walley World amusement park. However, anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and before long, Ellen’s cousin, Catherine, and her husband, Eddie, enter the picture, and Clark is on the verge of blowing a gasket. How hard can it be to have the perfect vacation?

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