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Excellent movie, other than the fact that my wife would not stop talking about "why we should get a divorce" the ENTIRE movie. I wonder what those papers were that I threw out before reading.
Great look at the beginnings and ends of Mad.
Forte's best work yet.
A clever meta-comedy. An awful lot to try and cram into a movie, and it can often leave the viewer wanting, but just appreciating the meta-ness of it was enough to enchant me. YMMV.
David Wain doing a biopic? Like an actual biopic? Yes please!
While it probably isn't as funny as the material it's cover, the period and self parody work well and there's something fascinating about watching these modern comedians portraying their idols.
1) A futile attempt to recreate the magic of Man On The Moon but David Wain is no Milo Forman
2) Too many characters, too little time.
3) This biopic follows the same rise and fall formula as used in Goodfellas, Scarface and The Wolf Of Wall Street.
I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but it was extremely entertaining and educational in filling in the blanks regarding the origins of National Lampoon. Sad ending, but still a poignant story. Definitely take the time to see it.
As many other critics have noted, Wain’s direction and the cinematography leave much to be desired, (the film clamours for something more visually inventive; like Boogie Nights or a toned down Fear and Loathing), but the core story, Forte’s methodical and immersive role make this an interesting and enjoyable glimpse into a mysterious man who had a massive impact on American culture. And Gleeson... wow, what an incredible performance - he disappears into Beard’s role. Still, from a talent like Wain, and a cast this incredible, it was always impossible to meet a story like this one’s expectations. A solid effort, that barely hits the mark - but an absolute must for comedy fans and pop culture historians.
Cool for killing time