A Futile and Stupid Gesture Reviews

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July 31, 2019
It is a very interesting proposal to understand a little better the whole process that may be behind the comedy genre. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 16, 2019
There's more to this Futile and Stupid Gesture than a line-up of celebrity impressions.
February 8, 2019
A Futile and Stupid Gesture is plenty watchable, well-paced with a few solid bits. Unfortunately, the film never does much more than scratch the surface.
December 21, 2018
The sometimes goofy and oftentimes playfully irreverent retelling of Doug Kenney's life story seems to fit the man well.
October 10, 2018
Forte, Wain, and the rest of the cast do their best to honor the icon, and the result is an extremely fun meta-comedy.
August 14, 2018
Stupid, well yes, but far from futile.
March 19, 2018
A celebration of comedy and creativity, and especially the singular brand of both that Kenney's publication became renowned for.
February 22, 2018
Although depicting the founding of National Lampoon as well as the making of 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack,' two movie comedies now beloved by fans throughout the world, this film seems jumbled and hard to follow.
February 6, 2018
Comedy writer's success and sorrow; drugs, sex, cursing.
February 6, 2018
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 5, 2018
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
An irreverent, entertaining biopic...
February 2, 2018
An alternately funny and poignant rampage through National Lampoon history
February 2, 2018
The sad-clown image may be a cliché, but there's nothing trite about this movie's handling of Kenney's story.
February 1, 2018
In the hands of another director, this film might have felt procedural, but Wain adds in the asides and inside jokes and fourth-wall-breaking that made WHAS so unique.
February 1, 2018
While he fails to unearth anything new, Wain gets by on enthusiasm, creating a valentine to the magazine and its love of anarchy.
February 1, 2018
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.
January 31, 2018
The result is a colorful, crazy, and occasionally tasteless movie. One suspects that Doug Kenney would have approved.
January 31, 2018
A subtle reminder that the Left would destroy National Lampoon if it came of age today.
January 31, 2018
It's genuinely shocking how un-funny this movie is.
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