"A Futile and Stupid Gesture" is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by David Wain.
The starring cast includes Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull, Thomas Lennon, John Gemberling, Joel McHale, Matt Walsh, Jon Daly, Rick Glassman, Seth Green and others.
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Netflix on Thursday, December 21, 2017 released the trailer for "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" you can watch here:
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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 Chevy Chase (Joel McHale), Bill Murray (Jon Daly), and Gilda Radner (Jackie Tohn). But Lorne Michaels (Armen Weitzman) buys them all out and signs them over to Saturday Night Live. 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.
Here is the full cast and characters of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.
"A Futile and Stupid Gesture" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 24, 2018 (Sundance) and on January 26, 2018 (United States/Worldwide) distributing by Netflix.
The duration of the film is 101 minutes.
Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2016.
"A Futile and Stupid Gesture" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.8/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 67/100. The audience also likes the film.
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