Image having the idea to ignore all “respectable” career paths and choose instead to dedicate your life to writing silly, ridiculous and often offensive bits. Maybe it doesn’t sound that crazy in a world where The Simpsons, South Park & Family Guy are prime time hits, but in 1970 it was pretty much the most ridiculous thing, but Doug Kenney did it any how. And as the trailer says “changed comedy forever.”
Doing a biopic about the founder of National Lampoons require a bit of decorum–or should I say lack of decorum–no, I should have said irreverence. Doing a biopic about the founder of National Lampoons require a bit of irreverence. Much better.
There’s a lot to love about a movie aware enough to make fun itself and the artifice of the whole thing. And from our perspective, creativity, there’s a lot here: the bravery to create, the stress of continually needing to create, the struggles against those who don’t understand, having vision and grit, having fun, and ultimately destructive nature of the internal critic.