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A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

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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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Justin Lieb (additional photography) | Jonah Markowitz
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$ 30,000,000
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Jan 26, 2018 (United States)

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Frank Gingerich
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Morgan Gingerich
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6.8 / 10 | 9,055 votes