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  • A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
  • TV-MA
    101 min | Biography, Comedy
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
TV-MA
101 min | Biography, Comedy

In the 1970s and '80s, National Lampoon's success and influence creates a new media empire overseen in part by the brilliant and troubled Douglas Kenney.
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Director
Writers
Michael Colton | John Aboud | Josh Karp (based on the book by)
Producers
Composer
Cinematographer
Editors
David Egan (as David Bret Egen) | Jamie Gross | Robert Nassau
Casting Director
Production Designers
Justin Lieb (additional photography) | Jonah Markowitz
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Release date
Jan 26, 2018 (United States)

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Cast

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102 cast members
Name Known for
Frank Gingerich
Doug - Age 12 Doug - Age 12   See fewer
Morgan Gingerich
Doug - Age 12 Doug - Age 12   See fewer
Annette O'Toole
Stephanie Kenney Stephanie Kenney   See fewer
Harry Groener
Harry Kenney Harry Kenney   See fewer
Martin Mull
Modern Doug Modern Doug   See fewer
David Wain
Interviewer Interviewer   See fewer
Domhnall Gleeson
Henry Beard Henry Beard   See fewer
Will Forte
Douglas Kenney Douglas Kenney   See fewer
Ben F. Campbell
Harvard Jester (as Ben Campbell) Harvard Jester (as Ben Campbell)   See fewer
Jon Klaft
Preppy Student Preppy Student   See fewer
Camille Guaty
Alex Garcia-Mata Alex Garcia-Mata   See fewer
Brad Morris
Peter Ivers Peter Ivers   See fewer
Carla Gallo
Lucy Fisher Lucy Fisher   See fewer
Rick Overton
First Publisher First Publisher   See fewer
Mark Metcalf
Second Publisher Second Publisher   See fewer
David Krumholtz
Time-Life Publisher Time-Life Publisher   See fewer
Mitchell Hurwitz
Time-Life Publisher (as Mitch Hurwitz) Time-Life Publisher (as Mitch Hurwitz)   See fewer
Matt Walsh
Matty Simmons Matty Simmons   See fewer
Elvy
Mary Marshmallow (as Elvy Yost) Mary Marshmallow (as Elvy Yost)   See fewer
Michael Colton
Art Director Art Director   See fewer
John Aboud
Art Director Art Director   See fewer
Thomas Lennon
Michael O'Donoghue Michael O'Donoghue   See fewer
Michael Sherman
Ed Sullivan Ed Sullivan   See fewer
Matt Lucas
Tony Hendra Tony Hendra   See fewer
Kerri Kenney
Sullivan Producer Sullivan Producer   See fewer
Natasha Lyonne
Anne Beatts Anne Beatts   See fewer
Bob Stephenson
Construction Worker Construction Worker   See fewer
Neil Casey
Brian McConnachie Brian McConnachie   See fewer
Ellen Colton
Waitress Waitress   See fewer
Liz Femi
Skeptical Black Woman Skeptical Black Woman   See fewer
Chris Redd
Skeptical Black Man Skeptical Black Man   See fewer
Krister Johnson
Michael Gross Michael Gross   See fewer
Peter Blake
Advertiser Advertiser   See fewer
Mike Nojun Park
Advertiser Advertiser   See fewer
Gregg Turkington
Advertiser Advertiser   See fewer
Ed Helms
Tom Snyder Tom Snyder   See fewer
Jackie Tohn
Gilda Radner Gilda Radner   See fewer
Jon Daly
Bill Murray Bill Murray   See fewer
Seth Green
Christopher Guest Christopher Guest   See fewer
John Gemberling
John Belushi John Belushi   See fewer
Rick Glassman
Harold Ramis Harold Ramis   See fewer
Joel McHale
Chevy Chase Chevy Chase   See fewer
Michael Kevin Farrell
Radio Hour Pianist / Premiere Party Pianist (as Michael Farrell) Radio Hour Pianist / Premiere Party Pianist (as Michael Farrell)   See fewer
Adam Wade
Radio Hour Drummer / Premiere Party Drummer Radio Hour Drummer / Premiere Party Drummer   See fewer
Jherek Bischoff
Lemmings Bass Player Lemmings Bass Player   See fewer
Craig Wedren
Lemmings Piano Player Lemmings Piano Player   See fewer
Nelson Franklin
P.J. O'Rourke P.J. O'Rourke   See fewer
Emmy Rossum
Kathryn Walker Kathryn Walker   See fewer
Sam Mickens
Street Musician Street Musician   See fewer
Armen Weitzman
Lorne Michaels Lorne Michaels   See fewer
Max Greenfield
Chris Miller Chris Miller   See fewer
Lonny Ross
Ivan Reitman Ivan Reitman   See fewer
Finn Wittrock
Tim Matheson Tim Matheson   See fewer
Steven Sims
Stephen Furst Stephen Furst   See fewer
Brian Huskey
John Landis John Landis   See fewer
Julian Wass
Premiere Party Guitar Player (as Julian Margolin Wass) Premiere Party Guitar Player (as Julian Margolin Wass)   See fewer
Bo Boddie
Premiere Party Guitar Player Premiere Party Guitar Player   See fewer
Rich Sommer
Harry Crane Harry Crane   See fewer
Kate Simmons
Party Guest Party Guest   See fewer
Andrew Gray McDonnell
Michael O'Keefe Michael O'Keefe   See fewer
Erv Dahl
Rodney Dangerfield Rodney Dangerfield   See fewer
Paul Scheer
Paul Shaffer Paul Shaffer   See fewer
Martha Smith
Studio Tour Guide 'Babs' Studio Tour Guide 'Babs'   See fewer
Hutch Vaudry
Studio Tour Kid (as Eugene 'Hutch' Barbeau) Studio Tour Kid (as Eugene 'Hutch' Barbeau)   See fewer
Leslie Nielsen
Dr. Rumack (archive footage) Dr. Rumack (archive footage)   See fewer
Robert Hays
Ted Striker (archive footage) Ted Striker (archive footage)   See fewer
Lorna Patterson
Randy (archive footage) Randy (archive footage)   See fewer
Matt Ballard
Bartender Bartender   See fewer
Melissa Paulo
Room Service Waitress Room Service Waitress   See fewer
Lindsey Kraft
Gwyneth Cravens Gwyneth Cravens   See fewer
Christopher Arminio
National Lampoon Staffer (uncredited) National Lampoon Staffer (uncredited)   See fewer
Bambadjan Bamba
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
James Bearb
Doug Niedermeyer (uncredited) Doug Niedermeyer (uncredited)   See fewer
Garrett Boyd
Young Omega Chip Diller (uncredited) Young Omega Chip Diller (uncredited)   See fewer
Guile Branco
Rick Meyerowitz (uncredited) Rick Meyerowitz (uncredited)   See fewer
Jack Cook
Dan Aykroyd (uncredited) Dan Aykroyd (uncredited)   See fewer
T.C. Daniels
Brian Doyle-Murray (uncredited) Brian Doyle-Murray (uncredited)   See fewer
Gina Dunlap
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
Paige Flannery
Stoned College Kid (uncredited) Stoned College Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
Austin Hanner
Harvard Student (uncredited) Harvard Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Steffi Hill
Bikini Girl (uncredited) Bikini Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Jake Jacobson
Ted Knight (uncredited) Ted Knight (uncredited)   See fewer
Allyson Nicole Jones
Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Shannon Klein
Pool Girl (uncredited) Pool Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Forrest Lark
Daniel Keeney (uncredited) Daniel Keeney (uncredited)   See fewer
Sean Leo
Boy Scout (uncredited) Boy Scout (uncredited)   See fewer
Christina Miller
Funeral Guest (uncredited) Funeral Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Lauryn Morse
Cheerleader Captain (uncredited) Cheerleader Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
Heidi Brook Myers
Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited) Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
Henry Nolin
Teen in Cadillac (uncredited) Teen in Cadillac (uncredited)   See fewer
Devin O'Kelly
Kid Talking in Library (uncredited) Kid Talking in Library (uncredited)   See fewer
Hunter Paul
Sketchy Party Guest (uncredited) Sketchy Party Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Sandra Rosko
Stoner College Kid (uncredited) Stoner College Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
Dallas Ryan
Sound Guy (uncredited) Sound Guy (uncredited)   See fewer
David Sampen
Caddyshack Film Crew (uncredited) Caddyshack Film Crew (uncredited)   See fewer
Tim Seitter
Kroger (uncredited) Kroger (uncredited)   See fewer
Noah Thorne
Party swimmer (uncredited) Party swimmer (uncredited)   See fewer
Bruce E. Wayne
National Lampoon Staffer (uncredited) National Lampoon Staffer (uncredited)   See fewer
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