Here's another reason to celebrate John Hughes: the Brat Pack bard wrote the first three in this (semi) classic comedy quartet about a family as American as an apple pie factory.
“We’re not normal people,” beams Chevy Chase’s puffed-up patriarch Clark. “We’re the Griswolds.”
And Hughes’ creation, taken from his ‘Vacation ’58’ story in the National Lampoon magazine, nails this nuttiness, from a lunatic sprint to Walley World theme park to shorting Chicago’s power supply with Christmas cheer.
First sequel European Vacation remains the high point, while only 1997’s Hughes-free Vegas Vacation fails to charm.