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Awesome: 18.03%
Worth A Look: 16.39%
Average: 16.39%
Pretty Bad: 19.67%
Total Crap29.51%

2 reviews, 49 user ratings

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National Lampoon's European Vacation
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by Ryan Arthur

"We'll be pigs?"
2 stars

Wanna know what the best part of this movie is?

There's two things:

1). Eric Idle has a cameo. Even in the lamest of movies, an Eric Idle cameo can work wonders. As the man the Griswolds run over, he's a hoot and probably the funniest actor in the film.

2). "Look, kids! Big Ben, Parliament!"

That's basically it. You've got your prerequisite goofiness from the family, Beverly D'Angelo trying to be sexy, Chevy Chase trying to be funny, and the revolving door of actors playing the kids. At least there's no Cousin Eddie in this one.

Oh, and the French get made fun of. As it should be.

It's not the worst Vacation movie (Vegas Vacation made this one look like an Oscar winner), but it's still not very good. There are some funny moments, but those are far and few between. It's hard to believe that this movie was directed by the same Amy Heckerling who directed Clueless, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and one of the more underappreciated comedies, Johnny Dangerously.

But then, she also did the first two Look Who's Talking Movies, so maybe it's not so hard to believe.

Just rent the first one again.

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User Comments

5/04/20 Ed Riddick Worst of Vacation series but ok 2 stars
3/14/19 Carl Bruun The reviewer was harsh. EV is decent IF you saw the original that came out in ‘83. 3 stars
6/16/16 J.R. Funny in some parts. The daughter was annoying as fuck. 3 stars
5/30/16 david froman decent sequel not as good as the first or third but better than the crappy vegas one 3 stars
7/08/09 *Holy_J@lapeno* Not as much comedy and plot as other titles. Still enjoyable to watch and have a good time 3 stars
8/23/08 nunya BBReBozo, The daughter is hot? Are you blind? 5 stars
7/26/07 Bethany H. Laughed Until My sides Split. Anyone who thought this movie was bad, broke their funny bone 5 stars
6/07/07 Willeycoyote It gets better everytime I watch it!!! I love all the "Vacation" Movies 5 stars
2/25/07 That gut with the thing best movie ever... period 5 stars
12/06/06 David Pollastrini very funny 4 stars
5/06/06 Ashley Hinz The worst "Vacation" movie, but still fairly good. 4 stars
3/25/06 Dan A Classic comedy... but why were the Griswold kids so ugly in this one? 4 stars
3/12/06 JM Synth Ha! Ha! They're dresses as PIGS! How Wacky... and the whole film is like this 1 stars
1/03/06 Anthony Feor A Griswold film to remember 4 stars
8/17/05 ES A decently funny movie starring chase and the least funniest monty python guy 3 stars
5/27/05 tony not as good as the first one.but still has its classic funny moments 4 stars
5/08/05 Indrid Cold Almost a waste of time, but a few laughs here and there. 2 stars
1/17/05 Jeff Anderson REALLY BAD!! Amy Heckerling went from F.T.I.R.H. and J.D., two funny films to THIS STINKER! 1 stars
11/18/04 grytpype underrated 3 stars
1/26/04 john bale Lesser than the first Griswold Vacation but still funny moments. 4 stars
1/12/04 Samuel not very good at all 2 stars
12/27/03 J D movie is crap, but the Barbarian Man Whore fight was funny! ** out 4 3 stars
8/15/03 Suzanne Foster Zany Americans in Italy movie. Forget TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, LIZZIE McGUIRE & JUST MARRIED. 4 stars
5/31/03 Fast Peggy Classic quotes from this one 5 stars
5/14/03 Jin Not only unfunny but offensive. Trash. 1 stars
4/30/03 Valerie Cameron That dog is in Seine! 5 stars
3/17/03 G-man first vacation was better, but still a good one 4 stars
12/11/02 Stephen The most dated of all the films. Totally 80's. 2 stars
11/27/02 moviemachine Maybe, he thinks he's annoying, Jay. 5 stars
10/24/02 Jay Hey, Dustin, why do hate the daughter in this film? 4 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum Stupid sequel redeemed by next film 1 stars
9/08/02 People who say this movie is good are stupid Yeah, that's right, this is with all you retards down there. 1 stars
5/11/02 Butterbean A lot of fun to watch! I loved the "authenic european lunch" scene. 5 stars
4/27/02 Jenny Tullwartz Riotous fun. Chevy Chase has gotten far to few roles this good. 5 stars
4/23/02 Hektor Dodbiba europe has it coming 5 stars
4/22/02 Film Dude ------------------------------------------------------------------------> 1 stars
6/10/01 Dustin i hated the daughter in this film 1 stars
6/08/01 Playgirl this film was basically in the shitter, the directing was poor. JESUS CHRIST! 1 stars
3/30/01 Jake Worst vacation movie, was done in poor taste. kids are unlikable 1 stars
3/29/01 Andrew Carden Would you like that in the can, no I'll have it right here. 4 stars
3/01/01 Pete Cooper This is the only movie that makes me laugh when I just think of it. 5 stars
2/14/01 Lee OK 3 stars
9/05/00 Bender Decent sequel. Not nearly as funny as the original, but still pretty funny. 3 stars
2/05/00 steve layne Pretty good not as bad as some people say 3 stars
9/13/99 Jason Kinsey the worst vacation movie by far! 2 stars
10/29/98 Lord Of The Dunce It sucked, sure, but on a Vacation scale it was middle of the road. 2 stars
10/29/98 Silent Rob Aside from the 'roundabout' moment, this was pure BILE! 1 stars
9/08/98 Young Einstein What a crock of shit. Amazing that people still go to this crap. 1 stars
9/08/98 BBReBozo Chevy Chase gets fatter by the second. The daughter is hot though. 1 stars
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  02-Aug-1985 (PG-13)
  DVD: 02-Apr-2002



Directed by
  Amy Heckerling

Written by
  John Hughes
  Robert Klane

  Chevy Chase
  Beverly D'Angelo
  Dana Hill
  Jason Lively
  Eric Idle
  John Ashton

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