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With: 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
Written by: Mark Monroe, Douglas Tirola
Directed by: Douglas Tirola
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 94
Date: 10/09/2015

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

It's a lot of fun to watch a bunch of comedy greats assemble to write and publish the National Lampoon magazine, which ran from 1970 to 1998. Several of them went on to "Saturday Night Live," but all of them were crazy. This documentary presents a straight-ahead history of the magazine, discussing growing pains, financial troubles, the coming and going of talent, and then the branching off into movies. Some of the jokes may be dated, but the infamous "If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog" cover stills shows just how irreverent they were. The doc is a bit more loony than the recent SNL film, but it's still just a bit too tame — i.e. lots of talking heads — to truly represent its subject.

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