National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
arrived in theaters December 1, 1989 and marks the last time we can reliably say Chevy Chase was ever funny. Following that last high-water mark, Chase appeared in a string of flaccid, unfunny movies and hosted perhaps the most wincingly awkward (and mercifully short-lived) late-night talk show in television history. But in the third outing of the Vacation franchise, Chase elevated Clark Griswold from mere sequel fodder to cherished holiday icon, a latter-day George Bailey, crass and disaster-prone but singularly devoted to giving his family Cousin Eddie included the merriest and brightest yuletide ever. Tonight and Saturday at 9, Screenland at the Crossroads (1656 Washington) offers two opportunities to remember fondly a time when he was Chevy Chase and you werent. Tickets cost $6. Call 816-421-9700 for more information or see screenland.com.
Screenland Fri., Dec. 12, 9 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 13, 9 p.m., 2008