A Futile and Stupid Gesture Reviews

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 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.
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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 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
A thoughtful yet playful biography about an unsung comedy genius.
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
An impishly meta cartoon that manages to squeeze in some serious themes - although I'm not sure it leaves you with more than a desire to read (or reread) Kenney's most famous Lampoon works.
January 25, 2018
Forte captures Kenney's deadpan comedic insanity and his wry humor, but also conveys the sense of melancholy and emotional restlessness plaguing Doug.
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.