National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon's European Vacation

This movie doesn’t work for a lot of reasons. 
Firstly, there are like 5 different dance/musical sequences played for a variety of humor, none of which work. Just cause there is music doesn’t mean we will enjoy it. And “people bad at dancing” is barely funny one time through. Not a single plot element involving Audrey holds up well. Cheating boyfriends, pedophiles, and eating disorders, a real chuckle fest. 

The fundamental structural change of frustration getting to the destination is replaced with “hijinks in the destination”, something instantly less relatable. 
Then you have to examine the premise. A wacky European vacation should involve misunderstandings in cultural differences that provide humor, commentary, or drive the plot forward. The cultural difference comedy isn’t very specific. Stereotypes can get stale, but at least they are recognizable. This movie forgoes a lot of them. The Griswald’s bounce around from place to place with many sped up montages covering up the lack of substance and thrusting a singular unfunny joke to the forefront. 
I didn’t like this movie as a kid, and that was a correct analysis. It’s a waste of time.