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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. (Read More)

Themes:christmas,  kidnapping
Locations:rooftop,  office,  snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:christmas dinner,  affectionate hug,  familial hug,  father daughter hug,  mother son hug,  father son hug,  locked in an attic,  grocery shopping,  extension ladder,  climbing a ladder,  fainting woman,  family vacation,  boss,  ripped pantyhose,  cigar smoking,  family dinner,  next door neighbor,  christmas with family,  anti christmas,  merry christmas,  christmas lights,  christmas eve,  christmas tree,  dog food,  wearing a dressing gown outdoors,  falling through the ceiling,  reference to danny kaye,  evian bottled water,  american national anthem,  losing one's temper,  door knocked down,  watching a home movie,  surprise guest,  stereo system,  people magazine,  sawing down a tree,  man in pajamas,  lying on a couch,  woman punches man,  reference to bing crosby,  lifting skirt,  torn clothes,  clothes on fire,  turkey as food,  sibling incest subtext,  listening to music on headphones,  advent calendar,  santa claus hat,  sweatsuit,  jersey the garment,  sleeping in a chair,  unwanted guest,  torn shirt,  squad car,  sharing a bed,  pledge of allegiance,  egg nog,  toboggan,  white cat,  three generations,  wal mart,  jello,  talking in bed,  water cooler,  car horn,  shushing,  trailer narrated by percy rodriguez,  incest joke,  the end,  giving the finger,  mute child,  december,  burping,  star spangled banner,  stapler,  national lampoon series,  spit take,  breaking down a door,  animated opening credits,  returning character with different actor,  reference to santa claus,  family gathering,  toupee,  rottweiler,  santa claus suit,  turkey the bird,  child swearing,  saying grace,  cigar,  sled,  snoring,  kiss on the cheek,  animated credits,  recreational vehicle,  dead cat,  carrot,  middle class,  white trash,  partial female nudity,  holiday in title,  whistling,  yuppie,  redheaded woman,  telling someone to shut up,  broken window,  hug,  squirrel,  yelling,  irreverence,  pet dog,  jumping through a window,  sexy woman,  attic,  broken glass,  shopping,  singing in a car,  ladder,  slapstick comedy,  swat team,  fainting,  falling down stairs,  chainsaw,  obscene finger gesture,  cousin cousin relationship,  vacation,  electrocution,  third part,  pantyhose,  dinner,  toilet,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  cleavage,  prayer,  neighbor,  punched in the face,  family relationships,  dog,  sequel

Home Alone (1990)
Comedy, Family

Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:vacation,  family vacation,  christmas with family,  christmas eve,  christmas tree,  child swearing,  sled,  telling someone to shut up,  yelling,  attic,  slapstick comedy,  falling down stairs,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  neighbor,  family relationships

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Rv (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

Rv (2006)

The executive Bob Munro is stressed, feeling threatened of losing his job and his lifestyle, since his abusive boss Todd Mallory hired the Stanford's geek Laird to work in their soda's company. Bob has promised his wife Jamie Munro, his teenage daughter Cassie Munro and his young son Carl Munro to spend vacations in Hawaii, but Todd demands him to prepare a presentation and attend a business meeting with the owners of a family company in a merging operation scheduled in the same period. Bob hides the truth to his family, rents a recreational vehicle and tries to convince his dysfunctional family that a road trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains would be good to bring old values back to their family. After many incidents and while in the trailers parking area, the rookie Bob is helped by the bizarre but friendly Gornicke family. They escape from the Gornickes and initiate a journey of difficulties and leaning, retrieving their forgotten family bonds. (Read More)

Story:family vacation,  dysfunctional family,  recreational vehicle,  shopping,  boss,  slapstick comedy,  vacation,  toilet,  family relationships,  dog

The 'burbs (1989)
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

The 'burbs (1989)

This story takes place in a typical American neighborhood, when some new neighbors come to live in the house next to Ray Peterson. These new people are really strange; nobody has ever seen them, their house is a real mess, and during the night you can hear weird noises from their basement. The only thing they know is their name: Klopeks. One day Walter (an old man of the neighborhood) suddenly disappears and everyone starts to suspect the Klopeks... (Read More)

Locations:rooftop
Story:cigar smoking,  next door neighbor,  wearing a dressing gown outdoors,  toupee,  telling someone to shut up,  broken window,  pet dog,  chainsaw,  vacation,  electrocution,  bedroom,  neighbor,  family relationships,  dog

Scrooged (1988) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Scrooged (1988)

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol. Frank's childhood wasn't a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn't really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank realises he must change. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Period:1980s
Story:cigar smoking,  christmas eve,  trailer narrated by percy rodriguez,  cigar,  irreverence,  sexy woman,  dog

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Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. This is why Elf (2003) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:office,  snow
Period:winter
Story:christmas eve,  christmas tree,  burping,  animated credits,  boss,  fainting,  toilet,  family relationships

A Very Harold & Kumar 3d Christmas (2011)
Adventure, Comedy

A Very Harold & Kumar 3d Christmas (2011)

Six years have elapsed since Guantanemo Bay, leaving Harold and Kumar estranged from one another with very different families, friends and lives. But when Kumar arrives on Harold's doorstep during the holiday season with a mysterious package in hand, he inadvertently burns down Harold's father-in-law's beloved Christmas tree. To fix the problem, Harold and Kumar embark on a mission through New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree, once again stumbling into trouble at every single turn. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:christmas tree,  christmas eve,  holiday in title,  third part,  punched in the face,  sequel

Bad Santa (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bad Santa (2003)

Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who's onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:christmas eve,  anti christmas,  merry christmas,  christmas tree,  advent calendar,  reference to santa claus,  snoring,  irreverence,  obscene finger gesture,  cleavage

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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Adventure, Comedy

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.

Period:1980s
Story:vacation,  family vacation,  incest joke,  mute child,  national lampoon series,  irreverence,  sexy woman,  dysfunctional family,  cleavage,  dog

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and future.

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:christmas eve,  turkey the bird,  holiday in title,  boss,  bedroom,  sequel

Vegas Vacation (1997)
Comedy

Vegas Vacation (1997)

When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits. This time, he's chosen Las Vegas, the new family entertainment capital of America! Chevy Chase returns as bubbly, bumbling Clark in Vegas Vacation, a jokers-are-wild laugh fest including two other stars from past Vacations. Beverly D'Angelo is back as wife Ellen, doting on the guy she calls "Sparky," and Randy Quaid again delights as grubby goof ball Cousin Eddie. Ethan Embry (That Thing You Do!) and screen-debuting Marisol Nichols are Griswold teens who love the round-the-clock nightlife - as long as they don't share it with Mom and Dad! From Seigfried and Roy's extravaganza to a Hoover Dam tour, from cruising to losing (Wallace Shawn as a shifty blackjack dealer) to amorous crooning (Wayne Newton falls for Ellen): watch Clark try to keep family and wallet together! This is why Vegas Vacation (1997) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Story:family vacation,  national lampoon series,  returning character with different actor,  vacation,  dysfunctional family,  sequel

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Arthur Christmas (2011)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:family dinner,  christmas eve,  christmas tree,  holiday in title,  dinner,  dysfunctional family

Kicking & Screaming (2005) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport

Kicking & Screaming (2005)

Story:cigar smoking,  toupee,  yelling,  slapstick comedy,  chainsaw,  neighbor,  family relationships,  dog

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Lucy's life consists of constant loneliness that is until she saves Peter's life. Now she is a part of his family, and with a strong heart and fate on her side, others begin to realize what a terrific person she is, especially Jack, Peter's brother. An extraordinarily true-to-life sequence of events begin to take place as Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other and themselves than one would ever expect from such coincidental, yet believable events. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Period:winter
Story:family dinner,  christmas tree,  egg nog,  jello,  family gathering,  broken window,  squirrel,  shopping,  neighbor,  family relationships

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Vacation (2015)
Adventure, Comedy

Vacation (2015)

Hoping to bring his family closer together and to recreate his childhood vacation for his own kids, an adult Rusty Griswold takes his wife and two sons on a cross-country road trip to Walley World. Needless to say, things don't go quite as planned.

Story:returning character with different actor,  singing in a car,  vacation,  dysfunctional family,  punched in the face,  sequel

A Long Way Down (2014)
Comedy, Drama

A Long Way Down (2014)

On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. This is why A Long Way Down (2014) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Locations:rooftop,  snow
Story:cigar smoking,  cigar,  ladder,  vacation,  punched in the face

Secretary (2002) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Secretary (2002)

An emotionally fragile woman recently released from a mental hospital for self mutilation goes to school to gain secretarial skills to gain employment. She has an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother who are clueless as to who she really is which a tormented soul who really wants to find something with which she can find success. She is a great secretary and finds a job with a unique, old fashioned, but off center in charge boss with a somewhat sadistic sexual proclivity. She grows and evolves and so does he. (Read More)

Locations:office
Story:lifting skirt,  water cooler,  stapler,  carrot,  boss,  pantyhose,  toilet,  dysfunctional family,  cleavage

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Ted (2012)
Comedy, Fantasy

Ted (2012)

John makes a Christmas miracle happen by bringing his one and only friend to life, his teddy bear. The two grow up together and John must then choose to stay with his girlfriend or keep his friendship with his crude and extremely inappropriate teddy bear, Ted.

Themes:christmas,  kidnapping
Locations:office,  snow
Period:1980s
Story:boss,  christmas tree,  child swearing,  slapstick comedy,  obscene finger gesture,  punched in the face

American Wedding (2003)
Comedy, Romance

American Wedding (2003)

Jim Levenstein has finally found the courage to ask his girlfriend, Michelle Flaherty to marry him. She agrees to get married, but the problems don't stop there for Jim. Now along with Paul Finch and Kevin Myers, Jim must plan the wedding. Unfortunately Steve Stifler is in town and won't let the wedding go past without having some fun himself, which includes setting up a secret bachelor party. (Read More)

Story:redheaded woman,  pet dog,  sexy woman,  slapstick comedy,  obscene finger gesture,  third part,  dinner,  cleavage,  family relationships,  dog,  sequel

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)
Comedy, Drama

C.r.a.z.y. (2005)

Born Christmas Day 1960, Zac Beaulieu is the fourth of five sons of Gervais and Laurianne Beaulieu. Zac feels somewhat disconnected to his brothers, all of whom are different from each other. They include the bookworm Christian who is the eldest, the dumb jock Antoine who is third, and the youngest Yvan. But Zac has the most contempt for his second eldest brother, the shiftless druggie Raymond. To his devout Catholic mother, Zac is her miracle son, both for being born the same day as Jesus Christ (a fact which Zac has always hated), and because a Tupperware-selling mystic once told her that he has the power to heal. Laurianne has always coddled Zac, the two who have a special if unspoken bond. But Zac wants more to please his father, who wants more than anything in his sons that they grow up to be man's men and not sissies. As Zac goes through his mid-teens to early twenties, Zac isn't sure if he can live up to the ideals of either his mother or especially his father. A young man with stress-induced asthma, Zac just wants to be what he considers normal, which includes getting rid of his asthma. But more importantly, he wants to get rid of the underlying thoughts that he has and which most going through puberty have, but that for him are becoming more prevalent as he grows older. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Period:1980s
Story:christmas tree,  giving the finger,  december,  obscene finger gesture,  cousin cousin relationship,  dysfunctional family,  prayer,  neighbor,  punched in the face,  family relationships

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Superhero Movie (2008) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Superhero Movie (2008)

Locations:rooftop
Story:turkey the bird,  saying grace,  slapstick comedy,  toilet,  prayer,  neighbor

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

Tom Popper grew up having very little interaction with his father who was off exploring the world. When he grows up he spends most of time on his work and ignores his children. One day his father sends him an unusual gift: a penguin. Popper can't help but wonder why his father would send him a penguin. He tries to get rid of it, but accidentally orders five more. When his children and ex-wife show up to celebrate his son's birthday, the kids are taken with the penguins. And Popper finally gets to connect with his kids while his work suffers. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:family vacation,  next door neighbor,  christmas tree,  family relationships

Home Alone 3 (1997)
Comedy, Crime, Family

Home Alone 3 (1997)

Four high-tech industrial spies, Beaupre, Alice, Jernigan and Unger, steal a top-secret microchip, and, to fool customs, hide it in a remote-control toy car. Through a baggage mix-up at the airport, grumpy old Mrs.Hess gets the toy and gives it to her neighbor, 8-year-old Alex. Spies want to get the toy back before their clients get angry and decide to burglarize every house at Alex's street to find the chip. But Alex is prepared for their visit... (Read More)

Themes:christmas,  kidnapping
Locations:snow,  rooftop,  office
Story:attic,  boss,  ladder,  slapstick comedy,  falling down stairs,  electrocution,  third part,  neighbor,  family relationships,  sequel,  dog

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Click (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:office,  snow
Story:boss,  cigar smoking,  child swearing,  singing in a car,  obscene finger gesture,  dysfunctional family,  cleavage,  family relationships,  dog

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:rooftop,  snow
Story:cigar smoking,  christmas lights,  christmas tree,  boss,  ladder,  obscene finger gesture,  dog

Meet The Fockers (2004)
Comedy, Romance

Meet The Fockers (2004)

Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg's parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker, who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker? This is why Meet The Fockers (2004) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Story:recreational vehicle,  pet dog,  shopping,  slapstick comedy,  toilet,  dysfunctional family,  sequel,  dog

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Fred Claus (2007)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Fred Claus (2007)

During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:christmas tree,  sled,  slapstick comedy,  dysfunctional family,  family relationships,  dog

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
Adventure, Comedy

National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

The Griswolds win a vacation to Europe on a game show, and thus pack their bags for the continent. They do their best to catch the flavor of Europe, but they just don't know how to be be good tourists. Besides, they have trouble taking holidays in countries where they CAN speak the language...

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:office
Period:1980s
Story:family vacation,  national lampoon series,  returning character with different actor,  irreverence,  slapstick comedy,  vacation,  dysfunctional family,  cleavage,  family relationships,  sequel

Jingle All The Way (1996) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Family

Jingle All The Way (1996)

Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son's karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son's television hero, Turbo Man. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else including a mail man named Myron to find a Turbo Man action figure, and to make it to the Wintertainment parade which will feature Turbo Man. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:christmas eve,  christmas tree,  egg nog,  shopping,  neighbor

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The Apartment (1960)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Apartment (1960)

As of November 1, 1959, mild mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can't get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives - Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger - on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake's office for the first time, he learns that it isn't just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment. What Baxter is unaware of is that Sheldrake's mistress is Fran Kubelik, an elevator girl in the building who Baxter himself fancies. In turn, Sheldrake has no idea of Baxter's own interest in Fran. And Fran, who is in love with Sheldrake, has no idea that she is only the latest in a long line of Sheldrake's mistresses, that Sheldrake has no intention of leaving his wife for her, and that the apartment belongs to Baxter, who she likes as a friend. As some of these facts come to light on Christmas Eve, one of the three makes a unilateral decision. That decision sets off a series of events over the course of the next week which makes each of the three examine what he/she really wants which in turn may be incompatible with the other two. They are helped along the way by Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger who are now feeling neglected as Baxter no longer needs their assistance in moving up, by Miss Olsen, Sheldrake's long serving secretary who was also once his mistress, and by Dr. Dreyfus, a physician and one of Baxter's many exasperated neighbors who believes Baxter is a playboy based on all the noise he hears in Baxter's apartment and the plethora of empty liquor bottles Baxter seems to be always discarding. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:office
Story:boss,  ladder,  merry christmas,  christmas eve,  christmas tree,  santa claus suit,  neighbor,  punched in the face

We're The Millers (2013)
Comedy, Crime

We're The Millers (2013)

After being robbed of a week's take, small-time pot dealer David is forced by his boss to go to Mexico to pick up a load of marijuana. In order to improve his odds of making it past the border, David asks the broke stripper Rose and two local teenagers to join him and pretend they're on a family holiday. This is why We're The Millers (2013) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Story:family vacation,  boss,  neighbor,  incest joke,  recreational vehicle,  singing in a car,  vacation,  cleavage,  punched in the face

Christmas With The Kranks (2004)
Comedy, Family

Christmas With The Kranks (2004)

Luther Krank is fed up with the commerciality of Christmas; he decides to skip the holiday and go on a vacation with his wife instead. But when his daughter decides at the last minute to come home, he must put together a holiday celebration.

Themes:christmas
Story:christmas eve,  christmas tree,  vacation

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Dragnet (1987) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Crime

Dragnet (1987)

Friday and Streebek are assigned to some very strange robberies, like i.e. the stealing of one bat, a 30 foot long snake and the mane of a lion from a zoo. All the latest BAIT magazines were also recently stolen, and some chemicals that when are mixed correctly develops a very deadly gas. All these thefts have one thing in common; visit cards with the word "PAGAN" left at the crime scenes. Solving these crimes, including why plenty of police vehicles have been stolen lately, involves the usual; to drink coffee at strip tease bars, rescue kidnapped virgins from drowning and lose their jobs. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Period:1980s
Story:cigar smoking,  star spangled banner,  swat team,  obscene finger gesture,  punched in the face,  sequel

Friends With Kids (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Friends With Kids (2011)

Julie and Jason have been best friends for years with no romantic interest in each other. He sleeps with someone new every few days, and she's looking for Mr. Right. Now in their thirties, they notice that their friends seem to lose all their good qualities when they have children - child rearing and the spark of Eros don't seem to co-exist. So, they decide to have a child together, share in child rearing, but pursue their own romantic lives. Things go well until he meets Mary Jane and she meets Kurt. Both seem like perfect mates. What could go wrong? (Read More)

Locations:snow
Story:christmas tree,  child swearing,  sled,  dinner,  bedroom,  dog

Clue (1985)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Clue (1985)

Clue is a movie about six guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of six people. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum works in D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White, etc. Blackmailer Mr. Boddy gives each guest a weapon and tells them to kill butler Wadsworth to avoid being exposed. Add in Mrs. Peacock's craziness and Mr. Green's clumsiness, and meet a whole group tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity. (Read More)

Story:broken window,  yelling,  irreverence,  attic,  slapstick comedy,  fainting,  falling down stairs,  dinner,  dog

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Uncle Buck (1989)
Comedy

Uncle Buck (1989)

As an idle, good-natured bachelor, Uncle Buck is the last person you would think of to watch the kids. However, during a family crisis, he is suddenly left in charge of his nephew and nieces. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. His carefree style does not impress everyone though - especially his rebellious teenage niece, Tia, and his impatient girlfriend, Chanice. With a little bit of luck and a lot of love, Uncle Buck manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy. This is why Uncle Buck (1989) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Period:1980s
Story:cigar smoking,  sharing a bed,  redheaded woman,  telling someone to shut up,  dinner,  dysfunctional family,  bedroom,  neighbor,  punched in the face,  family relationships,  dog

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Three friends on losing streaks: Adam, whose girlfriend dumped him, Nick, with a dead-end job and a cheating wife, and Lou, a suicidal alcoholic. To help Lou recover from car-exhaust poisoning, Adam and Nick, with Adam's nephew Jacob, go to a winter resort that was their old party place. It's now a dump, but the lads rally for a night of drinking in the hot tub. Somehow, the hot tub takes them back to 1986, on a fateful night for each of them. Maybe if they do everything the same way they did that night, they'll get back to the future so Jacob can be born. There are serious temptations to do things differently. Will they make it back to their sorry lives? And what about Jacob? (Read More)

Locations:rooftop,  snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:cigar smoking,  squirrel,  singing in a car,  fainting,  chainsaw,  vacation,  punched in the face,  dog

City Island (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

City Island (2009)

The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private. (Read More)

Locations:rooftop
Story:grocery shopping,  family dinner,  saying grace,  ladder,  toilet,  prayer,  neighbor,  family relationships

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The Spy Next Door (2010)
Action, Comedy, Family

The Spy Next Door (2010)

Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids (who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau). When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.

Story:extension ladder,  ladder,  slapstick comedy,  swat team,  bedroom,  neighbor,  punched in the face,  family relationships

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:cigar smoking,  christmas tree,  child swearing,  jumping through a window,  slapstick comedy,  falling down stairs,  electrocution,  toilet,  dysfunctional family,  punched in the face,  dog

Happiness (1998) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Happiness (1998)

A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. This is why Happiness (1998) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Locations:office
Story:dinner,  dysfunctional family,  neighbor,  family relationships,  dog

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The Santa Clause (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Santa Clause (1994)

Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried - and failed - to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn't real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas... then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he's startled by Scott's calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he's involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he's taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they're elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad's new job, though Scott's convinced it's a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food... Now he's accepted it, there's just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family? (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Locations:snow
Story:christmas eve,  christmas tree,  egg nog,  family relationships

Coming To America (1988)
Comedy, Romance

Coming To America (1988)

It is the 21st birthday of Prince Akeem of Zamunda and he is to marry a woman he never saw before. Now the prince breaks with tradition and travels to America to look for the love of his life.

Locations:snow
Period:winter,  1980s
Story:trailer narrated by percy rodriguez,  spit take,  irreverence

The Night Before (2015)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Night Before (2015)

Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they're entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball - the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:christmas eve,  santa claus suit,  punched in the face

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What About Bob? (1991) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy

What About Bob? (1991)

Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychotherapist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a "Good Morning America" telecast, during which he plans to brag about "Baby Steps," his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychotherapist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he's been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids. But Bob isn't going to let Leo enjoy a quiet summer by the lake. By cleverly tricking the telephone operator at the doctor's exchange, Bob discovers the whereabouts of Leo and his family. Despite his phobia about traveling alone, Bob somehow manages to talk himself onto a bus, and he arrives in New Hampshire. Leo's vacation comes to a screeching halt the moment he sees Bob. With his witty personality, his ability to manipulate people, and his good sense of humor, Bob quickly becomes an annoyance to Leo, but not to Fay, Anna, and Siggy, because they think Bob is fun while Leo is dull. Fearing that he's losing his family to Bob, Leo frantically tries to find a way to make Bob go back to New York, and it's not as easy as Leo had hoped. Leo finds himself stepping outside the law to try to get Bob to stay away from Fay, Anna, and Siggy--Leo slowly goes berserk, and makes plans to kill Bob. (Read More)

Story:vacation,  family vacation,  unwanted guest,  child swearing,  yuppie,  dysfunctional family,  family relationships

Step Brothers (2008)
Comedy

Step Brothers (2008)

Brennan Huff and Dale Doback are both about 40 when Brennan's mom and Dale's dad marry. The sons still live with the parents so they must now share a room. Initial antipathy threatens the household's peace and the parents' relationship. Dad lays down the law: both slackers have a week to find a job. Out of the job search and their love of music comes a pact that leads to friendship but more domestic disarray compounded by the boys' sleepwalking. Hovering nearby are Brennan's successful brother and his lonely wife: the brother wants to help sell his step-father's house, the wife wants Dale's attention, and the newlyweds want to retire and sail the seven seas. Can harmony come from the discord? This is why Step Brothers (2008) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:family dinner,  christmas eve,  christmas tree,  singing in a car,  falling down stairs,  toilet,  punched in the face,  family relationships

The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Witches Of Eastwick (1987)

All three previously married but now single, best friends sculptress Alex Medford, cellist Jane Spofford and writer Sukie Ridgemont are feeling emotionally and sexually repressed, in large part due to the traditional mores overriding their small New England coastal town of Eastwick. After their latest conversation lamenting about the lack of suitable men in Eastwick and describing the qualities they are looking for in a man, mysterious Daryl Van Horne and his equally mysterious butler Fidel arrive in town. Despite being vulgar, crude, brazen and not particularly handsome, Daryl manages to be able to tap into the innermost emotions of the three friends, and as such manages to seduce each. In turn, the three women blossom emotionally and sexually. After an incident involving one of the town's leading citizens, the ultra conservative Felicia Alden, the three women begin to understand how and why Daryl is able to mesmerize them so fully. The three decide to experiment with some powers learned indirectly from Daryl so that they can hopefully regain control of their own lives. (Read More)

Story:grocery shopping,  cigar smoking,  snoring,  yelling,  boss,  falling down stairs,  obscene finger gesture,  bedroom,  dog

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This Is The End (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy

This Is The End (2013)

All 'Jay Baruchel' (qv) expected coming to LA was a fun time with 'Seth Rogen' (qv) with all the wild partying to have both by themselves and at 'James Franco' (qv)'s housewarming party. Suddenly, the Rapture hits and the Biblical Apocalypse has begun. Now, Jay and Seth are desperately sheltering in James' house for rescue along with a few other friends. Together, they must band together to attempt to survive the end of the world, only for Jay to find that they are all too dumb and superficial to do it until they discover the only way out. (Read More)

Story:the end,  recreational vehicle,  jumping through a window,  falling down stairs,  chainsaw,  prayer,  punched in the face

Submarine (2010) is one of the best movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Submarine (2010)

Precocious Oliver struggles with being popular in school but when a dark-haired beauty takes interest in him, he's determined to become the best boyfriend in the world. Meanwhile, his parents' already rocky relationship is threatened when his mother's ex-boyfriend moves in next door. Oliver makes some unorthodox plans to ensure that his parents stay together and that Jordana still likes him. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Period:winter
Story:christmas dinner,  bedroom,  neighbor,  family relationships

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Comedy, Drama

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)

After a period of vacation in Hawaii, Joanna "Joey" Drayton returns to her parents' home in San Francisco bringing her fiance, the high-qualified Dr. John Prentice, to introduce him to her mother Christina Drayton that owns an art gallery and her father Matt Drayton that is the publisher editor of the newspaper The Guardian. Joey was raised with a liberal education and intends to get married with Dr. John Prentice that is a black widower and needs to fly on that night to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization. Joey invites John's parents Mr. Prentice and Mrs. Prentice to have dinner with her family and the couple flies from Los Angeles to San Francisco without knowing that Joey is white. Christina invites also the liberal Monsignor Ryan, who is friend of her family. Along the day and night, the families discuss the problems of their son and daughter. (Read More)

Story:dinner,  redheaded woman,  vacation,  dysfunctional family,  family relationships

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