"What do you mean, you have never seen this movie before??" "I've seen parts, but somehow I never got the chance to watch the whole movie." "You have to see it. It's hilarious. Watch it!" "Okay, okay, I'll watch it if I get the chance."
This was a conversation between a friend and myself. Hans, this post is for you. I wish we could laugh about this together now.
What can go wrong on Christmas? If you are the family Griswold? Everything. It starts with the tree and ends with - nah, no spoilers. Well, one.
How about the lights ... Clark has put a few on the house. Okay, a lot. Enough to light up a small airfield. You know how it is, though. One bulb isn't working, and the whole thing doesn't work.
Russ: Well, Dad, it was a good try.
Clark: Thanks, Russ. Russ.
Clark: We checked every bulb, didn't we?
Russ: Oh, yeah. Yeah. I'm sure of it.
Clark: I thought so. Well, maybe we ought to go up there and just ...
Russ: Oh. Whoa. Jeez! Look at the time. I gotta go to bed. Brush my teeth. Feed the hog. I've still got some homework to do. Do the laundry. Wash the car. I've still got those bills to pay .... (walking off)
Don't worry. In the end it turns out it was just a switch, even if Clark went up again to check the bulbs. Just a switch.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, USA, 1989