In movies, rarely does a holiday go according to plan. Whether it’s unexpectedly closed theme parks or dead grandparents, there are plenty of things that can go wrong. Here are four great examples of on-screen getaways. Whether it’ll make you excited about your summer holiday or start you thinking about cancelling your tickets, well, who’s to know
National Lampoon’s Vacation
The benchmark by which all holiday movies are judged, the Griswolds, led by Chevy Chase, head to Walleyworld in the car. The results are not quite as the patriarch would like – with motorway flirtations, annoying uncles, dead grannies and much more to ruin the trip. A remake is in the can and due out later this year.
Nuts in May
One of Mike Leigh’s most underrated efforts, a couple go camping in Dorset and hate pretty much every minute. There are two brilliant performances by Roger Sloman and Alison Steadman.
What We Did On Our Holiday
This 2014 British film is a cracking little effort, from the guys who created TV show Outnumbered. They employ the same tactic here – letting the kids of a family on holiday in Scotland improvise their lines and the results are very funny. The scenery is beautiful, while Billy Connolly provides witty support as the grandpa. It’s surprisingly poignant too.
The Great Outdoors
Dan Aykroyd and John Candy in a movie together – what’s not to like? Written by John Hughes, Candy is the down-to-earth family man whose peaceful rural idyll is ruined by his in-laws. Watching these two master comedians at work says it all.