The National Lampoon brand first began as a comedy magazine in 1970. For 20 years, it was considered the gold standard of comedic writing. In 1978, several magazine staff worked on a movie together. Their influence was so important that the movie was titled National Lampoon’s Animal House. Since then, there have been at least six movies considered to be part of the National Lampoon canon, based on stories that originally appeared in the magazine.
For fans of National Lampoon, there’s no other option for Christmas films but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Originally released in 1989, the movie stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, whose attempts to provide a merry Christmas for his family just keep going off the rails.
If you love goofy comedies, this should be at the top of your list.