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The Griswolds really are the worst kind of tourists, and having a shotgun blasted at you point blank is a fine lesson to learn for messing with the employees of a tired tourist attraction.
It has a bit of a sloppy script as far as story progression is concerned, but there are some very big laughs, a few great running gags, solid references to the original movie, and a fantastic performance from Ed Helms, who channels Chevy Chase and his charming naivete the whole way through.
A moment of glory followed by complete disappointment.
There's actually two great ones in Christmas Vacation, and while this one is certainly more off the hinges than the other, it's the second one which appears later on this list that is one of my favorite bits of the entire series.
And while Vegas Vacation and European Vacation don't have much to offer upon rewatching, it did help to watch all of them in proximity with one another, if only to see how Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo perfectly get back into character for each and every one.
Chevy Chase desperately trying to dance in a cool way with a bologna sandwich is just one of many examples of how he was a master of physical comedy, and the split second when he realizes it's soaked in dog piss is comedy gold.
Fifty stands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights.