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Still Buffering: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

An illustration of Teylor Smirl, Rileigh Smirl, and Sydnee Mcelroy lying on their backs inside a circle. Teylor is reading a book. Rileigh is looking at her phone. Sydnee is listening to a walkman. Between them it says Still... Buffering 2.0.

In the Smirl family, there are very few holiday traditions, but watching Christmas Vacation and knowing every single word is the most important of the ones we do have. But also, it’s 2020, so we have too much time on our hands and it has us thinking (probably too hard) about all the deeper societal implications of the characters and their families so....let’s get into THAT.

Music: “Baby You Change Your Mind” by Nouvellas

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Transcript available here