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1989, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Screenwriter John Hughes expertly juggles farce and sentiment in this delightful holiday film, perhaps the best in the entire VACATION series. Suburban dad Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) finds his plans for the perfect Christmas going awry thanks to a visit from obnoxious brother-in-law Eddie (a hilarious Randy Quaid), but the slapstick antics give way to a surprisingly touching finale that perfectly sums up Hughes’ feelings about home and family. With Beverly D’Angelo, Diane Ladd.

1985, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Ken Kwapis

After meddling social worker Miss Finch sends Big Bird packing to Ocean View, Ill., to live with a family of Dodos, it’s up to Oscar, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster and the rest of the Sesame Street gang to bring their yellow feathered friend home to New York City for good. With the usual voice talents of Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Caroll Spinney, and special guest appearances by Chevy Chase, Sandra Bernhard and John Candy.

1980, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis' directorial debut is a hilarious assault on the establishment. Michael O'Keefe plays a teenage caddy at a snooty country club, faced with a number of difficult choices as he heads into adulthood. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the audience, his father figures on the golf course are Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight and Bill Murray.

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