A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)


In the 1970s and ’80s, National Lampoon’s success and influence creates a new media empire overseen in part by the brilliant and troubled Doug Kenney. (IMDb)
I guess it was just his personality, but the modern-Doug narrative device (his words, to the film’s credit) unfortunately tends to laugh off some of the more disturbing elements of his rise to fame (namely death, drugs, and sexism). Still, it’s one of a few fun bits that add some freshness to what is mostly a formulaic (though funny) biopic. Forte and Gleeson are great (with a shout-out to McHale’s on-point Chevy) and an effectively emotional final scene is a testament to their character work.
7/10 (Good)


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