Justin Bower

Justin Bower

Cigars in Cinema

Cigars in Cinema National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) by Justin Bower

Christmas time is quickly approaching. Cooler weather, decorations and usually there are traditions. Those might include things like family get togethers, traveling, holiday foods or driving around to see Christmas lights. For many it’s the simply decorating trees. And for many, it’s something as simple as pulling out old DVDs (or Netflix) and watching Christmas movies. 

Movies can be funny. They could have nothing to do with a certain time or have any relevance to much else, but every once in a while a movie will trigger a memory other than the movie itself. Personally, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation falls into that category with me. This was a favorite to watch with my mom. Seems like whenever it was on, we watched it. I even remember she would randomly put it on at other times not just around Christmas. This is my first Christmas without my mom, so writing this article means a lot to me. I think it’s safe to assume that most people have seen this movie. 

Christmas Vacation follows the typical trope of a dysfunctional family during the Christmas holiday and all the shenanigans that happen throughout. This movie is written by John Hughes (you may know him for directing such films as The Breakfast Club and Ferris Buellers Day Off amongst countless others). Pair his writing genius with an all-star cast consisting of Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Randy Quaid and Johnny Galecki this movie was built for success. In typical Lampoon’s fashion the goofball dad Clark (played by the hilarious Chevy Chase) suffers a bunch of misfortunes to the tune of hilarity along with equally goofy family members, the feuding neighbors and you got it, a surprise visit from cousin Eddie! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, pop this movie on and have a laugh! 

Now, let’s be honest, first thing people think of when talking about this movie isn’t that it has cigars in it. They don’t really play huge part in the movie and quite frankly I’m not too sure what they bring to the table honestly. Nonetheless, they are in the movie so that means I get to use it for this article! There are actually a couple different times there are cigars in here. First up is cousin Eddie. Played by the very funny Randy Quaid (before he went goofy). In one of the more memorable scenes in the movie, he is in his bath robe (that’s almost too short) in the street with a hose that’s emptying out the bathroom of the RV they are staying in. He turns around when Clark yells at him with a beer and a cigar and a mad bomber hat on and yells “SHITTERS FULL” while waving hi

Next cigar on deck; Uncle Lewis (played by William Hickey) goes into the other room to have an after-dinner smoke and ultimately lighting the Christmas tree on fire because it had dried up from cousin Eddies dog drinking all the water out of the tree stand. Some of the funniest scenes in the movie contained cigars! To reiterate, this is a very funny movie with multiple cigars in it and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you should still be able to get a chuckle out of this movie! 

 1.) Final film of Mae Questel, whose film career began in 1930, as the voice of Betty Boop. 
 2.) The shoes that Cousin Eddie wears are the same ones that he gave Clark as a gift in the original Vacation. 
 3.) Chevy Chase appeared in some scenes wearing a navy-blue Chicago Bears ball cap. He wore the same Chicago Bears cap throughout the first two Vacation movies. 
 4.) The Griswold house is the same house used in WandaVision (2021) 
 5.) Despite being a “Christmas movie”, Christmas Day is never actually seen. The film ends on Christmas Eve.