Review: “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” on Netflix

All biopics start from a grain of truth, the essential building blocks of the subject, and then weave an imaginative backstory complete with a heartwarming or inspirational narrative arc. A Futile and Stupid Gesture is not that kind of biopic. Certainly, the period piece directed by David Wain does cover the life and career of one one-and-only Doug Kenney, who co-founded The National Lampoon and co-wrote National Lampoon’s Animal House as well as Caddyshack all before the age of 33. When he died. Slipped and fell off of a cliff, or jumped, died he still did. That shouldn’t be a...

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