National Lampoon's European Vacation

After the Griswold family (accidentally) win a game show, they are rewarded with a trip to Europe. Chaos, as always, ensues as poor Clark simply wants to spend quality time with his wife and two children. In typical Griswold fashion, mix ups and mayhem go hand in hand as Ellen discovers that she is cut out for an - ahem..- alternative career, Audrey pines over her boyfriend back home and Rusty flirts with every female he meets.

Confusions arise with culture clashes, mistaken identities, foiled robberies, historical monuments, kidnappings and anything and everything else that this hapless family seem to attract so effortlessly.

As Clark notes the joy of returning home after being on vacation, the rest of Europe are glad to say ''Goodbye,' Au Revoir,' 'Auf Wiedersehen' and 'Addio' to the family who unintentionally turned their lives upside down like a roller coaster at Clark's beloved Walley World.


Audio problem: In the beginning of the movie when Clark is preparing to light the Bar-B-Q, He squirts charcoal fluid out of a plastic bottle. Then Ellen squirts more fluid onto the coals out of the same plastic bottle. Listen to the sound; it is the distinctive sound of a metal charcoal lighter fluid bottle. (00:07:45)

Robert Sullinger

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Trivia: Ellen's pornographic movie's name seems to translate in different ways on different versions of the movie. On DVD the caption reads "The Wet Hot Wife," on the TV Version, it reads "Slut In The Shower," and on some VHS versions the caption reads "The Whore In The Hot Tub."

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Question: When there's a fight with the German dancers Clark dances with and the Griswolds run away and drive away as fast as they can, why do those German dancers chase after them with ropes? What were they going to do to them?

Answer: They're a lynch mob. Remember what Rusty's date said: Girl: They haven't rang those bells in years! Rusty: What do they mean? Girl: They're going to hang someone! (pause) Rusty: Dad.

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