Parent reviews for National Lampoon's Vacation

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Common Sense says

age 16+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 66 reviews

age 18+

"Hasn't aged well" would be putting it lightly.

Our family absolutely loves Christmas Vacation, and had what we thought were good memories of the first in the "Vacation" series -- holy cow were we wrong! It's full of so many cringe-inducing racist and misogynistic "jokes" that we had to just turn it off after attempting to skip forward to a better part. Turns out, there is no better part. If you do decide to watch it with your kids it should only be as a cautionary tale about how backwards popular culture really was only a few decades ago.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 15+

Cringingly sexist and racist

I'm a liberal atheist guy who doesn't have a problem with nudity, but I have a big problem with this movie filled with sex jokes that are all at the expense of women. Add a gobsmackingly racist scene, and the weak humor isn't reason enough to bother renting this. Some movies have sex humor that goes over my kids' heads, but my kids ages 10 to 12 got everything. It wasn't subtle. Quite the opposite: the humor was heavy-handed and since the only "joke" was that they were talking about sex, the movie has to hit you over the head with it repeatedly. Every sex reference revolved around women being objects for men: boys looking at porn, girl being kissed by her dad, pointless scene to show mom topless in the shower. At that point I walked out. Some examples: 1) The family visits poor rural relatives whose tween daughter brags that her Dad told her she's the best French kisser. Hah hah. 2) Poor rural tween boy tells his tween cousin that he has some nudie magazines, and then the scene cuts to the boys reading porn. There's no punch line beyond the fact that they look at porn. 3) Dad encounters a sexy woman in a convertible who flirts with him and he speeds up to try to catch her. 4) The dad pretends a banana is a knife and pulls back the shower curtain while he wife showers and scares her. The nudity (breasts) was brief but also gratuitous. 5) Dad takes a wrong turn and ends up in a bad part of town, where "bad" means African American. Everyone is either a pimp, prostitute, drug dealer, or thief. The African Americans treat the family rudely and steal their hubcabs. The scene is supposed to be funny because we get to see the white family in scary black part of town and watch the black folk act like stereotypical black people are expected to. Hilarious, huh?

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Too much sex
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age 18+

Not right

My 12y old son was given an opportunity to watch it when he shouldn’t have and he knew mom had said no; the resulting sense of shame and confusion bothered him greatly to the pit of despair. (That is how I found out). It is not content for children or Tweens r teens or conservative people with a biblical worldview. The confusion merely opens the door for Satan to wreak havoc at a time the young person is already confused.

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Too much violence
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age 16+

I remembered liking this film as a kid...saw it as an adult and could barely sit through it

I watched this film on tv when I was a kid and remembered it being quite funny. My husband and I watched it again the other day and were immensely unimpressed. The egregious male gaze and Chase's character that consistently undermines his wife's wisdom in order to fulfill his own untested ideas hits a little too on the nose in 2020.
age 13+

Funny movie

Sex 4/5 Violence 2/5 Language 5/5 Drugs alcohol and smoking 3/5

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 9+
Funny road trip comdey
age 17+

Good but...

Some bad language and it shows very inappropriate stuff and very good movie and some sexual stuff

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Great classic 80's comedy, most 12-year olds should be able to handle it

I was nervous letting my 12 year old watch this, because this was his first R Rated movie, however, it is a lighter R, compared to other R rated films. Cast: Everyone does great. Sex: I believe there are 2 instances of Ellen Griswold's breasts shown, one in a shower scene (a joke where clark is acting like the serial killer from Psycho), and one where Clark and Ellen go skinny dipping in a motel (that one is the shortest and is hard to see). Clark does skinny dip with another female character (not his wife), but no nudity is shown there. Rusty and Eddie's son look at pornographic magazines, and eddie's son proceeds to talk about how he "uses them daily" and that "a man tought me a cool trick to do with them", which is a clear masturbation joke. There is implied incest, and implied oral sex discussed by a couple. There is another masturbation euphemism. Language: There is multiple uses of f--k, f---king (which are both used in a rant by Clark), son of a bitch, a--hole, s--t, retard, and "honky lips" (a joke written by a gang on the griswald's car) Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking: Audrey tells Vicki that being a farmer isn't cool, and Vicki takes out her shoebox of Marijuana, and Audrey takes some. Clark shares a beer with Rusty (his underage son), and Rusty chugs the beer. Characters drink beer throughout, and there is some cigar smoking Violence: There really isn't any, and the few moments there are, its comedic. One character does die, but no blood or gore is shown. Tips: If your sensitive about the nudity and language, there is a network TV version with the shower scene cut out. I think a 12 year old should be just fine watching this, or a sensitive 13 or 14 year old.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Classic family comedy still holds up

Although the csm review state that this movie is outdated I found that the opposite was the truth. I found this movie very funny and can understand why it is considered a classic. As for whether or not this movie is age appropriate, I believe that this movie is most suitable for the 12+ age range because there is some brief nudity, and infrequently strong course language. There are also references to sex as well but at 12 most kids already know about this and thus it is not really inappropriate as it is never actually shown. Overall, National Lampoon's Vacation makes for a great movie to watch with the family and in my opinion still holds up fantastically today.

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Too much sex
age 12+

On vacation

Even if it's no Oscar winner this is a must see for the teens and their family a saturday night that is into 1980's comedies. Crude humor, USA road trip for the huge consumerism and sexual innuendo. These days Holiday Road are still playing in Walt Disney World, as the 2015 remake did not make a huge impact.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism