Movie Madness

1982

Comedy

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IMDb Rating 3.1 10 1104

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Christopher Lloyd as Samuel Starkman
Diane Lane as Liza
Teresa Ganzel as Diana
Candy Clark as Susan Cooper
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1.49 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 29 min
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 3 / 10

Allegedly satirical

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.

Reviewed by boblipton 2 / 10

It's Worse Than Bad, It's Boring

The second movie from National Lampoon is an anthology of three short movies which burlesque three genres: in the first, Peter Riegert kicks Candy Clark out so he can grow as a person and see Fassbinder movies; in the second, Ann Dusenberry sleeps her way into mastery of Big Margarine, and in the third, Robert Benson is a rookie cop who annoys training officer Richard Widmark because he is so boring.

As is this movie. Despite a cast with some comic ability, it tries for the humor of blank-faced satire which could be funny if everyone wasn't a moron, and the situations so stereotypical of their genres that there's no juice left. That's a typical problem with the magazine of the era: Old people are boring! Old culture is boring! Henry Jaglom was talked into directing part of this movie by Orson Welles. With Diane Lane, Teresa Ganzell, Robert Culp, Fred Willard, and Olympia Dukakis. What a waste!

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 2 / 10

Woah...

Originally made as National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, this film sat for two years, perhaps to age like cheese, and was intended to be a parody of ten film and television genres. It ended up being three movies - a divorce story, a making-it-big movie and a cop caper. When it played a test screening in Rhode Island, the audience was so upset that they tore up the theater seats.

Yes, it wasn't going well. And the disaster movie that was intended to be part of it - directed by Henry Jaglom - was completely taken out of the film despite being completed done. This threw the whole movie off time as it's too short with only three parts.

"Growing Yourself" is about the divorce of the Coopers, Jason (Peter Riegert) and Susan (Candy Clark). It's very late 70s and at this point, I figured that everyone making this was just doing coke - confirmed - and coasting thanks to Animal House, the Lampoon name, having an animated opening and getting Dr. John to do the theme. That said, Diane Lane is in this and that kind of made it better.

"Success Wanters" is about a woman (Ann Dusenberry, Jaws 2) who goes from exotic dancer to margarine magnate - Robert Culp has a heart attack and she gets it all - to First Lady. It's kind of like those 40s rags to riches stories yet not good.

The last story, "Municipalians" teams a rookie cop (Robby Benson) with a crusty veteran (Richard Widmark) on the hunt for a serial killer (Christopher Lloyd). It's worth just seeing the casting.

Bob Girladi directed the first two stories and Jaglom the final one. He'd been told by Orson Welles that he needed to do a studio movie. Well, after this one, never again.

While this movie isn't all that funny or well made, it is a significant cultural artifact, the first film after the Lampoon made one of the most important comedy movies of all time and stumbled. For lovers of comedy, it's at least worth that historical look.

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