A Futile and Stupid Gesture is an American biographical comedy-drama film directed by David Wain.
Starring Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull, Thomas Lennon, John Gemberling, Joel McHale, Matt Walsh, Jon Daly, Rick Glassman, Seth Green and others.

Watch the official trailer for A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Netflix on Thursday, December 21, 2017 released the trailer:
A Futile and Stupid Gesture | Official Trailer | Netflix.

What is A Futile and Stupid Gesture about?

The film's timeline stretches from 1964 to 1980. The film opens with Douglas Kenney (Will Forte) and his classmate Henry Beard (Domhnall Gleeson) 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 (Matt Walsh). 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, a request demanded by Henry and Kenney. Henry, unhappy and having been under a great deal of stress, takes his check and immediately exits the magazine.
National Lampoon expands to an hour radio show attracting more great comedians like Gilda Radner (Jackie Tohn), Chevy Chase (Joel McHale), and Bill Murray (Jon Daly). 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 (John Gemberling) 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.

Who's in the A Futile and Stupid Gesture cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of A Futile and Stupid Gesture.

Will Forte Douglas Kenney
Domhnall Gleeson Henry Beard
Martin Mull modern Douglas the narrator
Thomas Lennon Michael O'Donoghue
John Gemberling John Belushi
Joel McHale Chevy Chase (McHale and Chase were co-stars on Community)
Matt Walsh Matty Simmons
Jon Daly Bill Murray
Rick Glassman Harold Ramis
Seth Green Christopher Guest
Emmy Rossum Kathryn Walker
Morgan Gingerich Doug - Age 12
Harry Groener Harry Kenney Douglas' father
Camille Guaty Alex Garcia-Mata
Neil Casey Brian McConnachie
Annette O'Toole Stephanie Kenney Douglas' mother
David Wain Interviewer
Matt Lucas Tony Hendra
Nelson Franklin P.J. O'Rourke
Natasha Lyonne Anne Beatts
Ed Helms Tom Snyder
Jon Klaft Preppy Student
Brad Morris Peter Ivers
Max Greenfield Chris Miller
Rick Overton First Publisher
Mark Metcalf Second Publisher
Jackie Tohn Gilda Radner
Joe Lo Truglio Brad Zotti
Michael Sherman Ed Sullivan
Bob Stephenson Construction Worker
Carla Gallo Lucy Fisher
Liz Femi Skeptical Black Woman
Finn Wittrock Tim Matheson
Chris Redd Skeptical Black Man
Meera Rohit Kumbhani Elaine
Armen Weitzman Lorne Michaels
Lonny Ross Ivan Reitman
Steven Sims Stephen Furst
Brian Huskey John Landis
Rich Sommer Harry Crane
Andrew Gray McDonnell Michael O'Keefe
Erv Dahl Rodney Dangerfield
Paul Scheer Paul Shaffer
Lindsey Kraft Gwyneth Cravens
Frank Gingerich Doug - Age 12
Ben F. Campbell Harvard Jester (as Ben Campbell)
Beau Bassewitz Umpire
David Krumholtz Time-Life Publisher
Mitchell Hurwitz Time-Life Publisher (as Mitch Hurwitz)
Elvy Mary Marshmallow (as Elvy Yost)
Michael Colton Art Director
John Aboud Art Director
Kerri Kenney Sullivan Producer
Ellen Colton Waitress
Krister Johnson Michael Gross
Peter Blake Advertiser
Mike Nojun Park Advertiser
Gregg Turkington Advertiser
Michael Kevin Farrell Radio Hour Pianist / Premiere Party Pianist (as Michael Farrell)
Adam Wade Radio Hour Drummer / Premiere Party Drummer
Jherek Bischoff Lemmings Bass Player
Craig Wedren Lemmings Piano Player
Sam Mickens Street Musician
Julian Wass Premiere Party Guitar Player (as Julian Margolin Wass)
Bo Boddie Premiere Party Guitar Player
Kate Simmons Party Guest
Abigail Klein Missy
Martha Smith Studio Tour Guide 'Babs'
Eugene 'Hutch' Barbeau Studio Tour Kid
Leslie Nielsen Dr. Rumack (archive footage)
Robert Hays Ted Striker (archive footage)
Lorna Patterson Randy (archive footage)
Matt Ballard Bartender
Melissa Paulo Room Service Waitress

When is A Futile and Stupid Gesture released in cinemas?

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.

What are A Futile and Stupid Gesture film specifications?

The duration of the film is 101 minutes.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture filming. Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2016.

What are critics and audiences saying about A Futile and Stupid Gesture?

A Futile and Stupid Gesture got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

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