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Movie Night: Vacation Movies

Seeing as this week the Sugar network celebrated all things honeymoon as a part of wedding season coverage, I thought I'd do a Movie Night featuring three great vacation movies.

Roman Holiday
One of my all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn movies — and the only one that earned her an Oscar win — Roman Holiday will steal your heart and spirit it away to the narrow streets of Italy's capital city. Hepburn plays a princess who, on the Roman leg of her European capitals tour, rebelliously sneaks away from her entourage and strikes off on her own. She falls asleep on a bench, however, and is discovered by an American reporter (Gregory Peck) who is thrilled that he can get the inside scoop on the runaway princess. A charming romance, of course, ensues. Rome often looks beautiful in the movies, and this film is no exception. Watching it makes me more fully understand the meaning of "roman-tic."

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National Lampoon's European Vacation
And for something completely on the other end of the spectrum, one of my favorite travel comedies is National Lampoon's European Vacation. The Griswold family has won themselves a grand tour of Europe, and in true National Lampoon's fashion, the trip is anything but smooth. From Clark (Chevy Chase) trying to drive on the "wrong" side of the road in London, to him single-handedly destroying Stonehedge, this movie is pure comedic entertainment. My favorite part is when Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) finds herself plastered on billboards across Italy wearing just a towel after the family's new video camera is stolen. Classic. I find myself compelled to watch this movie every time I am preparing for a long vacation.

Where do you bring your down-on-his-luck buddy when he needs to get away? "Vegas, baby, Vegas!" This movie features a much skinnier Vince Vaughn back when his sleaziness was funny and endearing. Vaughn plays Trent who harbors arrogant delusions regarding his power to attract the ladies. John Favreou plays his glum-faced friend Mike whose self-esteem is suffering after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend. In Vegas, the duo meet a couple "beautiful babies," though both girls end up cooing over Mike, the friend in need. And, of course, there is my favorite part when Mike swing dances with a lovely stranger (Heather Graham) to a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy song. The movie is a testament to the fun, healing powers of vacation (and swing dance).

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green_lipgloss green_lipgloss 9 years
audrey is amazing :)
kins kins 9 years
oooh roman holiday is my favorite movie...and i always get pissed when they try to do some lame teeny bopper remake of it. when i went to rome i DRAGGED my friends around forever to look for the mouth of truth. after rounds of broken italian, a super nice guy lead us to it
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I love Roman Holiday! I just went to Roe and it looks much more romantic in the movie than real life, but it's still wonderful (and very hot).
panddaaaaaa panddaaaaaa 9 years
Roman Holiday is playing at the cemetery tonight! The first comment has the sister is going to it. If you're near there you should go. It's an awesome experience.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
Roman Holiday is one of my favorites!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i love roman holiday. one of those movies i can never get tired of. i can't say that i car efor the other two, though.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
Love me some Audrey Hepburn.
sofi sofi 9 years
Roman Holiday is one of my all time favorites. Audrey is awesome-just like in Breakfast in Tiffany's and Sabrina (the original).
Autumn87 Autumn87 9 years
Yay for "Roman Holiday"! I just love Audrey! :)
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
We own "Vacation" and "Swingers" on DVD - both are awesome movies. I always cringe during "Swingers" when Mike leaves all those messages for that girl Nicki. I want to scream "MIKE! PUT THE PHONE DOWN!"
annemadariaga annemadariaga 9 years
They're showing Roman Holiday in Los Angeles tomorrow night at the cemetary at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd @ Gower. It's always super fun!
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