A Futile and Stupid Gesture Reviews

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.
January 31, 2018
It's genuinely shocking how un-funny this movie is.
January 30, 2018
Most biopics are not good, and guess what.
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January 29, 2018
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 27, 2018
However fitting that a film about a man at existential odds with himself is itself at odds with its essential components, "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" could still have benefited from a bit more punch-up.
January 26, 2018
The movie premises chronic insecurity on an older brother's childhood death. But it fails to connect such simplified psychology with his ticklish funny bone. It's lax on contextualizing the anti-establishment National Lampoon's very establishment roots.
January 26, 2018
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
It's way too reverent a portrait of the irreverent men of the National Lampoon.
January 26, 2018
While there's a bit of hero worship going on that deflates the piece, and Wain's direction is surprisingly uninspired, the biggest problem is the script that tries to cover too much ground.
January 26, 2018
Kenney and Beard are friends and business partners who experience the ups and downs of their creative partnership, but like many things in "A Futile and Stupid Gesture," their relationship feels like a glossy version of the truth.
January 26, 2018
While Wain has developed an immunity to the biopic's blustery pretension, he's not so wary of the form's more superficial shortcomings.
January 26, 2018
The only aspect of it that I found I could focus on with even a modicum of interest was Will Forte's sideburns.
January 25, 2018
"Futile" lies haphazardly between funny and not, as comedies about comedy tend to do.
January 25, 2018
Maybe this is exactly the biopic that Kenney would want, silly and bittersweet and laced with regret. Unfortunately, the film is just good enough to convince us that he deserved better.