Double Feature

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Scrooged (Mitch Glazer In Person)

Screenwriter Mitch Glazer IN PERSON, schedule permitting, to discuss!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

While our allotment of advance tickets has sold out online, additional tickets will be available to purchase at the door each night of the show, first come, first served.

Chevy Chase returns for a third time as Clark Griswold, the hapless dad who seems to never be particularly lucky dealing with his leisure time. His long-suffering wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and teenage progeny, Rusty (Johnny Galecki) and Audrey (Juliette Lewis), pull together to make the best of it when the Griswolds’ extended family decide to take their yuletide vacations with them. Hillbilly cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), his wife Catherine (Miriam Flynn), and their kids, arriving in their RV, are just the tip of the iceberg, with seasonal disasters involving Christmas lights, electrocuted cats and sewer gas snowballing as the frantic comic saga unfolds in slapstick manner.

“Producer John Hughes, who also wrote this newest chapter in the life of the Griswold family… definitely has a way with the foibles of parenthood. Whether it’s Uncle Buck or Mr. Mom or the booby-footed Clark, Hughes has found an irresistible formula in fatherly ineptitude… it will prove pater-familiar to fans of the 1983 original and the European Vacation sequel. Only it’s a bit more whimsical… a diverting stocking-stuffer.” – Rita Kempley, The Washington Post

Garret Mathany discusses Christmas Vacation on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Jeremiah S. Chechik
Starring
Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki, John Randolph, Diane Ladd, E.G. Marshall, Randy Quaid
Year
1989
Rated
PG-13
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
97 minutes

Scrooged (Mitch Glazer In Person)

Scrooged screenwriter Mitch Glazer will join us IN PERSON, schedule permitting, for a Q&A at our Thursday, December 20th show.

Put a little love in your heart this holiday season with Scrooged, a darkly hilarious take on the re-imagining of the timeless Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, the jaded, arrogant, youngest television president in network history, who’s more obsessed with the ratings of his network’s live production of A Christmas Carol, than the core message the special will attempt to convey. Staying true to the core of the Dickens’ message, while getting in some not too subtle jabs at Hollywood (The Solid Gold Dancers as The Scroogettes), Murray is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve (Past, Present, Future), preceded by the decaying corpse of his former boss and mentor (John Forsythe), who pleads with him to change his narcissistic ways. Murray’s Christmas Eve becomes a taxi cab ride of a fever dream, that all builds up to rediscovering the love he lost with Claire (Karen Allen). With a score by Danny Elfman, Scrooged is loaded with cameos, including the likes of Robert Mitchum, but it is Bill Murray’s range of emotions, energy, and partly improvised ending, that puts Scrooged in its own unique holiday viewing category.

“With his deadpan, cut-through-it style, Murray is hilarious as the network czar. His deadpan putdowns – his voice pulsating with flat disdain and his open glare shooting darts – are scrumptiously condescending. Despite the juicy, on-the-edge craziness, Murray is able to layer his outrageous histrionics with an inner sensibility, making his ultimate transformation not only believable but Christmas-cheer uplifting.” – Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter

Mental Floss lists 22 fun facts about Scrooged.

Director
Richard Donner
Starring
Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum
Year
1988
Rated
PG-13
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
101 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Thu, December 20
7:30 pm
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
9:40 pm
Scrooged (Mitch Glazer In Person)