Netflix has just released the official trailer for its upcoming original film “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”, about Doug Kenney, the co-founder of the “National Lampoon”, “Caddyshack”, and “Animal House”.
Kenney, whose work in comedy in the 70’s helped shape American culture and create Saturday Night Live and a whole generation’s way of looking at the world, is portrayed by Will Forte. Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull, Joel McHale, Matt Walsh, John Gemberling, Seth Green, Paul Scheer, Matt Lucas, Natasha Lyonne, Jackie Tohn also star in this biographical film directed by David Wain, which explores the troubled life of the comedy writer during the rise and fall of “National Lampoon”, an American humor magazine which ran from 1970 to 1998 and included long text pieces, shorter written pieces, a section called “True Facts”, presenting actual news items, cartoons and comic strips, with parody of every kind as a mainstay.
The song used in the trailer is the 1976 single “Cherry Bomb” by the all-girl band “The Runaways” from their self-titled debut album, released in 1976.
“A Futile and Stupid Gesture” is set to have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and to be released on the streaming service on January 26, 2018.