A Futile and Stupid Gesture — Trailer

source:   netflix.com

added: Wed, Dec 20th '17

Comedian/filmmaker David Wain (Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer) pays homage to one of the unsung comedy heroes of the 1970s counterculture generation, "National Lampoon Magazine" co-creator Doug Kenney (portrayed here by former SNL cast member Will Forte).

Check out the official trailer for "A Futile and Stupid Gesture," a new Netflix original film chronicling the early days of America's first national humor publication, National Lampoon Magazine, as told through the perspective of two of its creators: Harvard graduates, best friends, and known goofballs Doug Kenney and Henry Beard (played by Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson, respectively).

Based on Josh Karp's non-fiction book of the same name, the forthcoming Netflix movie not only recounts the history of National Lampoon but also dramatizes the making of the classic comedies "Animal House" and "Caddyshack" with Community's Joel McHale as Chevy Chase; Broad City's John Gemberling as John Belushi; Kroll Show's Jon Daly as Bill Murray; 30 Rock's Lonny Ross as Ivan Reitman; GLOW's Jackie Tohn as Gilda Radner and Veep's Brian Huskey as John Landis.

Martin Mull steps in as the film's narrator, while other cast members include Matt Lucas, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Lennon, Matt Walsh, Paul Scheer, Seth Green, Camille Guaty, Finn Wittrock, Neil Casey, Joe Lo Truglio, and Annette O'Toole.

The film, directed by Wain and written by John Aboud and Michael Colton, is also recounting the poignant love affair between Kenney and television actress Kathryn Walker (played by "Shameless" star Emmy Rossum).

"A Futile and Stupid Gesture" is expected to premiere next month at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and will then stream on Netflix on January 26th.

synopsis:
A Futile and Stupid Gesture is the story of comedy wunderkind Doug Kenney, who co-created the National Lampoon, Caddyshack, and Animal House. Kenney was at the center of the 70’s comedy counter-culture which gave birth to Saturday Night Live and a whole generation's way of looking at the world.

 

directed by   David Wain

starring   Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Emmy Rossum, Joel McHale, John Gemberling, Jon Daly, Lonny Ross, Gilda Radner, Brian Huskey, Matt Lucas, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Lennon, Matt Walsh, Paul Scheer, Seth Green, Camille Guaty, Finn Wittrock, Neil Casey, Joe Lo Truglio, Annette O'Toole

release date   Sundance 2018 (world premiere) - January 26, 2018 (on Netflix)

 
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