For years, National Lampoon movies have been making audiences across the country laugh until it hurts. The company has been churning out movies about everything from wild and crazy college fraternities and family vacations going wrong, to raunchy senior trips and half-baked stoner comedies. The following are a few of the best National Lampoon movies to hit the big screen.
Set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, Pennsylvania, “Animal House” is the story of two freshman who join a raucous fraternity, and the outrageously raunchy events that ensue. One of the best lines in cinematic comedy history is delivered by Bluto, played by John Belushi, “Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!” By far, this is the very best of the National Lampoon movies.
“National Lampoon’s Vacation”.
All Clark Griswold wants to do is take his wife and two kids on a cross-country road trip, from Chicago to Los Angeles, to visit “America’s favorite family fun park”, Wally World. Along the way, just about everything that can go wrong does, but Clark won’t be deterred, even if the park is closed. Chevy Chase delivers the memorable line, “I gotta be crazy! I’m on a pilgrimage to see a moose! Praise Marty Moose!”
“National Lampoon’s European Vacation”.
The Griswold family returns, this time running wild through Europe, after winning an all-expenses paid trip on a television game show called “Pig in a Poke.” They get lost in London, knock over the stones at Stonehenge, cause a dog to jump to its death in Paris, and instigate a melee at a German drinking festival. Again, Chevy says it best, “Honey, we’re not normal people. We’re the Griswolds.”
“National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”.
Heading back to the college campus, this National Lampoon film introduces Van Wilder, a seventh year partying student who could care less when he graduates, until his father cuts off the tuition money. To stay in school, Van becomes a party organizer. Unfortunately, after an incident with underage drinking, he faces expulsion. He makes a deal with the school to complete a semester’s worth of work in the last six days to graduate on time. This film isn’t “Animal House”, but it still has some great moments, like Ryan Reynolds proclaiming, “Well, you haven't lived until you've shot-putted, blitzed on Jager!”
“National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot”.
This “mockumentary”, directed by Les Claypool, tells the story of a UCLA film student who sets out to make a film about the jam band culture. In the process, he finds a band by the name of Electric Apricot. On the verge of making it big, the filmmaker joins the band on the road as they tour, and eventually play “the holy grail of West Coast festivals”, Festeroo. Check out Les, normally the bassist and vocalist for the band Primus, as Lapland “Lapdog” Miclovik, the drummer for Electric Apricot.