"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.

Here are "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date and everything we know so far.

Trailer

Is there a trailer for A Futile and Stupid Gesture movie?

Netflix on Thursday, December 21, 2017 released the trailer for "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" you can watch here:
A Futile and Stupid Gesture | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Plot summary

What is A Futile and Stupid Gesture movie plot?

Here is a short review of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" movie plot summary.

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.

Cast

Who plays who in the A Futile and Stupid Gesture movie?

Here is the full cast and characters of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

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

Release date

When is A Futile and Stupid Gesture movie release date?

"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.

Filming

What are A Futile and Stupid Gesture filming details?

The duration of the film is 101 minutes.

Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2016.

Rating

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

"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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