A Futile and Stupid Gesture

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Comedy
Director(s): David Wain
Production: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

I think what you are is a kid

from Chagrin Falls, Ohio,

who borrowed his roommate's tuxedo

to look like he grew up

on the Upper East Side.

You do? Well, that is...

exactly right. Yeah.

No, you nailed it, in fact.

Well, you wear it well.

I hate to interrupt your mating ritual,

but we're about to be adulated upstairs.

- And I know how you feel about adulation.

- Oh, remind me how I feel?

- You like it.

- Oh, I love adulation.

- You love it.

- We should go upstairs then.

We call this

the William Randolph Hearst staircase.

- It's named after John Updike.

- Here they are!

Super-sirs, special guests.

As you know, the parodies that Doug

and Henry have been churning out

have paid for everything

you drunks are enjoying here tonight.

So it is my honor to unveil their latest,

with apologies to JRR Tolkien,

hot off the presses,

Bored of the Rings!

- They wrote a book?

- And all of their term papers.

And some of mine.

So, I'm guessing like a speech

would be in order at this point.

- Speech! Speech! Speech! Speech!

- That's enough. That's enough.

Little bit more than that though

because I get...

Yeah, that's enough. That's enough. Okay.

What is it about filling 200 pages

with atrocious Lord of the Rings puns

that feels so right and yet Saur-on?

I'm sorry, once I start punning

about these little guys,

it's tough to kick the hobbit.

That was bad,

but we only have our elves to blame.

Okay. Okay, always leave them

wanting more... dor.

Pretty good. It was pretty good.

Or fantastic.

That's what I call a book party.

Things get crazy

when the jackets come off.


Jackets. Book jackets?

That's the kind of joke that would

slay 'em at the legion hall back home.

- That's what you call a book party.

- That's what I call a book party.

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Michael Colton (born 1975) is a screenwriter. With John Aboud, he was a regular commentator on Best Week Ever and other VH1 shows, including I Love the '80s. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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