The Hughes Reviews: National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

This is the last entry in the Hughes Reviews series. Initially meant to be a two-parter, with the second part, being more of a retrospective of John Hughes' career. I scrapped the two-part idea, because I would likely end up just repeating myself. So I've provided in this blog supplemental material that expands on the man and his work. These items do a far better job of this than a second part review ever could.

Vacation 58'

This short story written by Hughes was the template for National Lampoon's Vacation. It is wonderfully written and hysterical! Who wouldn't laugh at Clark going ape-shit and shooting Walt Disney in the leg?!

We'll know when We Get Thereis a blog site by Alison Byrne Fields. This section of her blog discusses her correspondence with Hughes as a teenager during the height of his career. She pours her heart and soul out to a man who seems to genuinely remember what it was like to be young. Brilliant and touching to say the least.


As mentioned in previous blogs, there exists an art gallery in Los Angeles that specializes in pop culture art. This particular art show was a giant tribute to John Hughes. The work here is amazing and I wouldn't mind having a few of these on my wall.

Don't You Forget About Me

This is a wonderful documentary chronicling a film crew's pilgrimage to Illinois to interview Hughes. This film is geeky and sad as well as being full of glorious interviews with Hughes performers and collaborators. It's streaming on NETFLIX. Check it out!

Self Guided Ferris Bueller Tour

There are tons of these online, but if you find yourself in the windy city, you can visit the same sites from the movie.

So that's it for the Hughes Reviews. I still hold out hope for revisiting Planes, Trains and Automobiles (maybe with the Gentleman Gamer if we can both find the time) But for now this is it. I WILL, however be continuing reviews in general. If you have any requests, post them to our Facebook Fanpage or send us an email.

-Rob Out.