|DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON (director/writer: Douglas Tirola; screenwriter: Mark Monroe; cinematographers: Sean Price Williams/ Emilie Jackson /Nick Higgins/David Alen/Peter Buntaine/ Charles Poekel / Jeffrey Schneider; editors: Joseph Krings / G. Jesse Martinez; music: Bryce Jacobs ; cast: Chevy Chase, John Landis, Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Tim Matheson, John Goodman, Billy Bob Thornton, Meat Loaf, Christopher Buckley, Henry Beard, Matty Simmons, Tony Hendra, P.J. O’Rourke, Chris Miller, Anne Beatts, Mike Reiss, Sean Kelly, Brian McConnachie, Michael Gross, Janis Hirsch, Chris Cerf, Peter Kleinman, Judith Jacklin Belushi, Rick Meyerowitz, Ivan Reitman, Bruce McCall, Al Jean, Beverly D'Angelo.; Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Susan Bedusa/Douglas Tirola ; Magnolia Pictures; 2015)|
|"It makes it clear that the
National Lampoon represents where
contemporary comedy began."
by Dennis Schwartz
documentary written and directed by Douglas Tirola
("Hey Bartender"/"A Reason to Believe"). Writers
Tirola and Mark Monroe trace the history of the
legendary raunchy The National Lampoon magazine. It
inspired generations of comedians and launched the
careers of comics like John Belushi, Bill Murray,
Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest. Besides collecting
an all-star cast, Tirola stylishly helms it. The
documentary summarizes its start by Harvard
Lampoon’s Douglas Kenney, Henry Beard and Rob Hoffman
and publisher Matty Simmons. Among the
talking heads Simmons and Beard stand
out. Christopher Buckley waxes nostalgic about
the Lampoon’s famous “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine,
We’ll Kill This Dog” cover.
diverting movie, worth checking out, even if all its
tidbits are already well-known. It makes it clear
that the National Lampoon represents where
contemporary comedy began.
REVIEWED ON 11/10/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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