National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon's European Vacation

Amy Heckerling (1985)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Co-scripted by teen-pic maestro John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), this politically incorrect comedy from director Amy Heckerling should be dismissed without hesitation. But there is something endearing about the Griswold family, and Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's infectious enthusiasm manages to sweep you along (as begrudgingly as kids Jason Lively and Dana Hill) on this cliché-ridden package tour. Every conceivable national stereotype is pressed into service, as polite British cyclists, rude French waiters, aggressive Germans in lederhosen and Mafia hit men are trotted out with soothing predictability. Nothing could prepare you for the highlight, however a whistle-stop tour of the Louvre to legendary Belgian pop star Plastic Bertrand's seminal song Ça Plâne pour Moi.


The disaster-prone Griswolds appear on a TV game show, and through a happy accident, end up winning a holiday touring Europe. The trip takes them to Britain, France and Germany, causing mayhem wherever they go, while the final destination in Rome leads to a run-in with a gang of thieves. Comedy sequel, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo.

Cast & Crew

Clark W Griswold Chevy Chase
Ellen Griswold Beverly D'Angelo
Rusty Griswold Jason Lively
Audrey Griswold Dana Hill
Bike rider Eric Idle
Lady in bed Maureen Lipman
Quiz host John Astin
Thief Victor Lanoux
Hotel manager Mel Smith
Man in bathroom Robbie Coltrane
Director Amy Heckerling
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited language, sex scenes.Available on: video and Blu-ray