A classic Christmas comedy that successfully mixes slapstick absurdity with the sometimes disastrous nature of family gatherings. Add a dash of Christmas spirit and a bug-eyed hillbilly cousin and there you have it. Frankly, if you're not aware of this film there's no point explaining it. It's a nostalgic one, for sure.
Absolutely fun and charming on every level. Just saw this for the first time (why it took me this long I don't know), but it's definitely one of the better x-mas movies I've ever seen. Just pure fun and Chevy Chase is wonderful.
As a critique of American masculine delusion, cuts closer to bone than the more sympathetic "Brad's Status". Chase brings a lot of psychotic energy. The casting... very plain people... is also a plus. More retrograde stuff: Poor people are disgusting, Ideal social structure=Benevolent Boss, Disdainful portrayal of the bougie DINKs next door vs. severely fucked but ultimately 'morally correct' nuclear family... blech.