Ah well. That's just life as life is. I did eventually
see the scene in its entirety and have come to love
it for what it is. I also love it because I have met
worse parents than Eddie in my life. Much worse. Really
rotten buggers who won't "do" Christmas for
their kid because, and I quote, "I don't want them
to get use to having it, and then one year we can't
afford it and they'll be too disappointed, so no, we'd
don't do Christmas or Christmas presents."
I loath people like that.
Anyhoo. Ellen was that little kid in the movie, as
she was that little kid in "Fatal Attraction".
I am glad Clark was there to make her happy in the second
film because her bunny got stewed in the first one!
Poor bunny! I don't know about you but I'd rather have
the bunny than I would Glenn Close. I would! Pretty bunny.
Ellen did movies, television, and Broadway. That's
a lot for a kid, let me tell you! I am always amazed
by little kids who can learn dialog, remember their
places, where to stand, and how to, err, act. Those
kind of kids have to have more mature brains than most
other kids. All that remembering! Heck, I've got nephews
and nieces over the age of 20 who can't remember that
they owe me money, much less remember lines out of a
script! I cannot imagine a childhood like Ellen had.
I just can't imagine it. And then not to be hired to
act anymore... well... that stinks. It really does.
I have to say this about Ellen's character in Christmas
Vacation: I cannot watch that film, see her in it with
her hair all mussed up, and not immediately remember
the feral kid from "The Road Warrior."
See what I mean? Had to be said.