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Movie Madness (1982)

R | | Comedy | 2 November 1983 (USA)
A parody of film genres composed of three shorts, spoofing personal growth films, glossy soap operas, and police stories.
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Cast

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Jason Cooper ("Growing Yourself")
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Liza ("Growing Yourself")
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Susan Cooper ("Growing Yourself")
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Diana ("Growing Yourself")
Schnootie Neff ...
Jennifer Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Andy Shakman ...
Josh Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Tamar Howard ...
Judy Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Ian Fried ...
Jeffrey Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Barry Michlin ...
Fireman - 'Growing Yourself'
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Carlos - 'Growing Yourself'
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Mr. Haggis - 'Growing Yourself'
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Lady Who Beats Her Plants - 'Growing Yourself'
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Old Lady - 'Growing Yourself'
Stanley Lawrence ...
Sanitation Man - 'Growing Yourself' (as Stan Lawrence)
Ann Dusenberry ...
Dominique Corsaire ("Success Wanters")
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Storyline

A National Lampoon anthology of three shorts spoofing everything from personal growth films, glossy soap operas, and police stories. In the first story "Growing Yourself", stars Peter Riegert as a confused family man who throws his wife out of the house in order for him to "grow" a new path in life and raise his four children on his own. In "Success Wanters", Ann Dusenberry stars as Dominique Corsaire, a young college graduate determined to succeed in life in which in a few days time lands a job as a stripper, then the mistress to a margarine company, inherits it when the owner croaks, and is then romanced by a Greek shipping tycoon, and ultimately the US president. In "Municipalians", Robby Benson stars alongside Richard Widmark as a naive rookie Los Angeles policeman paired with a cynical veteran of the force to catch an inept serial killer (Christopher Lloyd). Written by Anonymous

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National Lampoon Goes to the Movies  »

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Trivia

A fourth segment was made for the film by Henry Jaglom, a disaster movie parody called "The Bomb" starring Kenneth Mars, Allen Garfield and Marcia Strassman. Images from the segment appeared in press materials, but it was deleted from the finished film. See more »

Quotes

Stan Nagurski: Nagurski's Law Number Four: "Never go into a music store that's been cut into with an acetyline torch."
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Connections

Spoofs Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Going To The Movies
Performed by Dr. John
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This movie is dreadful.
2 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this Movie on a local TV Station (TV8's "Big Chuck and Little John" in Cleveland, Ohio) I had never heard of this movie and decided to watch it.

I know of no thesaurus that can even come close to aiding me in describing how bad this movie really is. The script is awful. The acting, well other than one of two exceptions, is pointless since there is nothing in this material that merits any real effort.

It looks like a bunch of little ideas, leftover from various writing sessions, that where thrown into a blender. It's not just funny. The "parody" aspect is strained at best. Some references where almost out of date (even for the time of it's release). No wonder I had never heard of it, it's really bad, worse than anything Saturday Night Live, MAD TV or even In Living color put out in their worst days.

If you see it on TV, it is a great example of how NOT to make a movie. Whatever you do DON'T WASTE A CENT.

Adam


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