The 12 genres of Christmas movie

Time Out's Film team prove that there's a Christmas film for everyone


9. 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' (1989)

Genre Comedy

Christmas credentials Okay, so ‘Bad Santa’ might be smarter, ‘Elf’ sweeter and ‘Home Alone’ louder, but ‘Christmas Vacation’ has Chevy Chase in a housedress, and you DO NOT argue with Chevy Chase in a housedress. By far the funniest of all the National Lampoon movies (which is a bit like being the best Jimmy Buffett album), ‘Christmas Vacation’ has the best theme tune, Randy Quaid’s best pre –‘Kingpin’ comedy performance and features in its phenomenal cast Juliette Lewis, Elaine from ‘Seinfeld’ and Mae Questel, the original voice of Betty Boop, as the legendary Aunt Bethany. To paraphrase Chevy himself, watch this and you’ll have the hap-hap-happiest christmas since Bing Crosby tapdanced with Danny fucking Kaye.

Cockle-o-meter In the high 900s.