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A Futile and Stupid Gesture entertainingly recreates the birth of an influential comedic movement, even if it struggles to cover its creative ground. Read critic reviews

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Writer Doug Kenney co-founds National Lampoon magazine in 1970.

Cast & Crew

Will Forte
Douglas Kenney
Emmy Rossum
Kathryn Walker
Seth Green
Christopher Guest
Paul Scheer
Paul Shaffer
Thomas Lennon
Michael O'Donoghue
Joel McHale
Chevy Chase
Matt Lucas
Tony Hendra
Martin Mull
Modern Doug
Camille Guaty
Alex Garcia-Mata
Matt Walsh
Matty Simmons
Jackie Tohn
Gilda Radner
Jon Daly
Bill Murray
Elvy Yost
Mary Marshmallow
Brian Huskey
John Landis
John Gemberling
John Belushi
John Aboud
Screenwriter
Michael Colton
Screenwriter
John Aboud
Executive Producer
Michael Colton
Executive Producer
Ted Hamm
Executive Producer
Ed Helms
Executive Producer
Sean McKittrick
Executive Producer
Ben Ormand
Executive Producer
David Wain
Executive Producer
Kevin Atkinson
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Jamie Gross
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Robert Nassau
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Craig Wedren
Original Music
Jonah Markowitz
Production Design
Austin Gorg
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Debra McGuire
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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (14)

  • A Futile And Stupid Gesture is, ultimately, anything but pointless, exploring an important moment in pop culture through the life of a man who captured its essence as well as the people who made him an institution.

    February 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For those unfamiliar with the details, there's a neat narrative curve ball in the final act. Stupid: For sure. But futile? Hardly.

    February 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A move that, if nothing else, shockingly abandons the traditional rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-redemption four-part trajectory to which nearly every biopic slavishly adheres.

    February 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's a sense that the filmmakers have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to cram both the biography and the panoramic overview into one feature.

    January 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture feels like a quick tour of a man's greatest hits that relies on his accomplishments, rather than any storytelling artistry, to impress the audience.

    January 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's way too reverent a portrait of the irreverent men of the National Lampoon.

    January 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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