I'll be honest with you here, until about two and half hours before writing this, I didn't even know this was a movie that existed. That much time later and I am happy to know that it exists. I grew up watching on National Lampoon's movies and as a teenager discovered the magazine through collections in book form. Always irreverent and hilarious, National Lampoon formed my sense of humor and proved that there is a place for the funny people in the world.
After the abysmal trashcan that is Bright came out last month it seemed that Netflix may have taken a misstep and perhaps would have been better off sticking to series programming instead. A little bit of a sidestep, if you will; last week with nothing piquing my interest I stumbled upon the Netflix movie Polka King with Jack Black and was pleasantly surprised, so if you get a second... Now with that and A Futile and Stupid Gesture, it seems that Netflix has the movie game under control.
The movie is directed by David Wain and a better choice, I cannot think of. Wain is no stranger to the story of heading up a group of young comedic misfits with his producing and directing of the MTV series The State. A group that would go on to star in Reno 9-11, Viva Variety and the various David Wain films including Wet Hot American Summer which later went on to have two sucessful series on Netflix.
The casting of A Futile and Stupid Gesture is comprised of the best of today's comedy highlights, many of which would have, I'm sure, found themselves as part of the Lampoon crew. Will Forte is always a sure bet and does not let down as Douglas Kenney, one half of the genius behind Nation Lampoon. The other half was Henry Beard played by the incredible Domhnall Gleeson, who I absolutely love. Gleeson shines in everything he is in; Frank, Force Awakens, American Made, Brendan Gleeson's testicles... The guy is a sure stand out! Filling out the cast is Joel McHale with a pretty great performance as his former Community co-star Chevy Chase, Jon Daly (who is shockingly not related at all to Andy Daly) as Bill Murray and Thomas Lennon as writer Michael O'Donoghue. At this time I would like to point out that this is one of the rare rejoinings of Lennon and David Wain, a combo that we as the audience never get enough of but is a sure hit everytime.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a great movie based on a terrific story. As someone involved in joining together with my dear friends to make something amazing, this story truly speaks to me. I just hope we can stay away from cocaine because that stuff is dangerous. You heard it here first, folks. Stay away from cocaine but enjoy the hell out of A Futile and Stupid Gesture.
SHOVE IT UP YOUR NOSE!