That National Lampoon put their name to this mess speaks volumes about those folks. National Lampoon's Movie Madness is one witless and unfunny film with most of the cast looking around wondering how they got into this mess and will their paychecks clear? Bad agents I assume.
Three genres of film are dealt with in three short films that are allegedly satirical. The first is a soap opera with husband and wife Peter Riegert and Candy Clark seeking to explore different dimensions of themselves. Woody Allen does this a whole lot better and this shows that you can't spoof a spoof.
The second stars Ann Dusenberry and it's a takeoff on those rise in business films that Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck did so well. Dusenberry was a stag party dancer who was disgraced by some dairy industry executives and she vows to bring them all down with, wait for it, margarine. It seems slightly above the other two in quality.
Finally there's one pained looking Richard Widmark breaking in a new partner, the ultimate in idealistic rookies in Robby Benson. Widmark looked like he was about to pass a kidney stone and Benson either has no flair for satire/comedy or he got lousy direction. Nothing remotely funny in this police story.
Skip this one by.
Composed of three short segments, National Lampoon's anthology satirizes everything from personal growth films, glamorous soap operas, and exciting police stories. Starting with "Growing Yourself", a confused family man goes to great lengths to find a new meaning in life, and raise his four children. In "Success Wanters", the ambitious college graduate, Dominique Corsaire, is bent on succeeding in life, working her way up the career ladder as a stripper, a mistress, and a margarine company owner. Then, in "Municipalians", inexperienced LAPD policeman, Officer Brent Falcone, teams up with the cynical veteran, Stan Nagurski, on the hunt for the inept serial killer, Samuel Starkman. —Nick Riganas
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April 07, 2022 at 06:50 AM