by John Tarpley
In the triptych of great '80s holiday movies, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" may play third fiddle to "A Christmas Story" and "Scrooged," but it sports one of the greatest holiday rallying cries ever captured on film, compliments of the perpetually hapless Clark Griswold. "When Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!"
This Wednesday, the perpetually successful Movies in the Park series teams up with Christmas in Little Rock to screen the crowned jewel of dysfunctional holiday fare.
You won't find renegade squirrels, full "shitters" and Cousin Eddie's dog "yackin' on a bone" in The Nutcracker. It's an outdoor screening, so bring a blanket for the brisk weather. If the cold starts to hurt, there's always Clark Griswold being thrown through yet another window or getting a broken ornament stuck in his butt to take the edge off.