National Lampoon Family Vation

Summer is here and for many families that means it is time for an annual family vacation. Nice weather and a break from time commitments like school make summer a great day to enjoy some time away with the family. Gather your family and watch one of these five family vacation movies before you begin your own journey.

“National Lampoon’s Vacation” is a must-see family vacation movie. Clark Griswold has planned the perfect vacation for his family. They plan to travel form Chicago, where they live, to the Wally World theme park in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Clark’s careful planning and good intentions are not enough to keep their vacation on track. They run into trouble and keep viewers laughing the entire way.

2. RV
“RV” is another vacation movie where the family gets into trouble as they travel across the country. Bob Munro plans to take his family to Hawaii, but a work commitment causes a change in plans. Rather than let his family know, he decides to incorporate his work commitment into the vacation and rent an RV for his family vacation. A lack of RV experience and some bad attitudes in the Munro family create a recipe for disaster and many laughs in this movie.

In “Cheaper By the Dozen 2,” Tom and Kate Baker plan a final family vacation for their large family as their oldest children get ready to move away and on with their lives. The family finds themselves in competition with the family of Tom’s old rival, Jimmy Murtaugh. By the end of the movie the two families find a way to get along, and the Baker’s come to terms with the changes they are going through.

“Guilt Trip” is about an ambitious young inventor, Andy Brewster and his relationship with his mother. He is focusing all of his energy into getting his invention, a natural cleaning product, into a retail store. Andy visits his mother before embarking on a long trip and decides to invite her along for the ride. He tells his mother he wants to spend time with her, but he secretly plans to reunite his mother with a long-lost love. The relationship between Andy and his mother is entertaining, with Andy trying to get his over-bearing mother to back-off and his mother constantly pushing back. We are reminded how important family is in this movie.

Chet and Connie plan a fun vacation for their family in the movie “The Great Outdoors.” Unfortunately, their plans change when Connie’s sister, Kate, and her husband, Roman, show up with their two children. Chet and Roman, in particular, cannot get along. Roman and Chet are forced to come together to help Roman’s girls when they get into danger. Sometimes families have a hard time getting along, but coming together when it matters the most is what is important.

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2013 Family Films Coming To Theaters

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Dec 7, 2012 Under Movie Articles

If your family enjoys seeing movies together, these anticipated movies, set to come out in 2013, are likely to be great choices for families. Here is an overview of some anticipated family movies set to be released in theaters in 2013.


The Croods is the story of a family living in pre-historic times and the adventure they go on after their cave is destroyed. The father has attempted to keep his family safe by requiring them to stay inside the cave, but his curious daughter is thrilled at the prospect of seeing the outside world. This movie chronicles the family’s adventure.

Epic is set to come out in May 2013 and features technologically advanced computer animation. The story is based on a young girl who ends up in a strange world helping the characters there save their world.


If your family enjoyed watching best friends Mike and Sully in Monsters Inc., the prequel, Monsters University, is sure to be a hit. In Monsters University, viewers will get a chance to see how their friendship got started. Viewers will learn that Mike and Sully didn’t start out as best friends, in fact, when they first met, they could not stand each other. See how their rivalry blossomed into friendship in July, when this movie is set to come out.

Spend some more time with Gru, his adorable little girls and the rest of the hilarious characters from Despicable Me this summer in Despicable Me 2.

Smurfs 2 is also set to come out during the summer of 2013. Watch as the Smurfs do their best to rescue Smurfette from the evil Gargamel.

Turbo is the story of a snail with big dreams of being a great racer. He has trouble fitting into the slow paced snail community, but gets to live out his dream of racing in a big race.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the story of the son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson. In this anticipated movie, Percy goes on a quest for the Golden Fleece in order to save his home.


In the fall, the highly anticipated second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, is set to be released. Continue following the gripping story of Katniss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, set to be released in November 2013.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is also coming to the theaters in the fall. This movie is based off of a classic cartoon of a Genius dog and his “pet” boy Sherman, who uses the traveling WABAC time machine without permission and sets off events in history.

Some of these movies are new stories, while others are additions to other beloved movies, but they all have the potential to become new family favorites. Whether you plan to see them when they are released at the movie theater, rent or buy them when they come out on DVD, or enjoy them at a movie event such as an outdoor movie, these movies offer something for your family to get excited about in 2013.

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