A Futile and Stupid Gesture Trailer: David Wain Tells the National Lampoon Story


There has already been at least one recent documentary on the National Lampoon magazine (Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead) and A&E are supposedly developing a fictionalized TV series about the same thing. Now we are about to get a dramatized retelling of the National Lampoon story courtesy of Netflix as well. Directed by David Wain, A Futile and Stupid Gesture is based on Josh Karp’s book of the same name and it stars Will Forte as writer and co-founder Doug Kenney, along with a host of other familiar faces playing somewhat familiar faces including Joel McHale as Chevy Chase, Domhnall Gleeson as Henry Beard, Thomas Lennon as Michael O’Donoghue, Matt Walsh as Matty Simmons, Seth Green as Christopher Guest, Paul Scheer as Paul Shaffer, and Emmy Rossum as Kathryn Walker. The movie is slated to premiere at Sundance this month before hitting Netflix and at the very least it looks like a must-see for comedy nerds. A Futile and Stupid Gesture arrives on Netflix on Jan. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • Jake

    Awesome. Been looking forward to this one. I believe it was shot almost 2 years ago now, not sure what has been delaying it but glad to see I’ll be able to enjoy it at the end of the month.

  • Flo Lieb

    Dohmnall Gleeson again? That dude must have access to everyone of Hollywood’s top guys’ dirty little secrets to blackmail them into casting him in every bloody film.

  • Lior

    I saw the movie. It’s good. Very good. Could’ve easilly been a theatrical release.