A Futile and Stupid Gesture is an American biographical comedy-drama film directed by David Wain.
Netflix on Thursday, December 21, 2017 released the trailer:
A Futile and Stupid Gesture | Official Trailer | Netflix.
The film's timeline stretches from 1964 to 1980. The film opens with Douglas Kenney and his classmate Henry Beard celebrating the release of their book, Bored of the Rings, with the Harvard Lampoon staff. The two men graduate from Harvard and Kenney convinces Beard not to go to law school but instead publish a monthly magazine known as the National Lampoon. Though Kenney is the magazine's main creative voice, there would be no magazine without the guidance of Beard. Kenney becomes the comedy writer and Beard the business manager, while the magazine also has a thriving art department. The two men get financing from Matty Simmons. All of the writers work hard to be funny and meet deadlines. Work is a party atmosphere and illicit drug use is prevalent. The magazine is not initially a success until lawsuits are threatened by Disney, Volkswagen, Mormons, and many other established names. The comedy world is changed, and the magazine pushes the acceptance of satire and parody with each edition. Occupational burnout is common and Kenney suddenly leaves for nine months with a one line note to Henry. The magazine stays successful under Beard. After five years Simmons agrees to a buyout and the two men each collect $3.5 million. National Lampoon expands to an hour radio show attracting more great comedians like Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray. Special editions of the magazine are published such as one mocking high school yearbooks. Douglas Kenney then moves to movies and writes Animal House starring John Belushi in 1978. With the success of the film, cocaine takes over Kenney's life. As ongoing disputes with studio executives continue, Kenney writes Caddyshack. He does not like his work and embarrasses himself drunk and high at a press conference promoting the film.
Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2016.
The film A Futile and Stupid Gesture was scheduled to be released on January 24, 2018 (Sundance) and on January 26, 2018 (United States/Worldwide) by Netflix.
The duration of the film is 101 minutes.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.
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