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National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982)

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

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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'
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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'
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Sanitation Man - 'Growing Yourself' (as Stan Lawrence)
Ann Dusenberry ...
Dominique Corsaire ("Success Wanters")
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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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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

Brent Falcone: It's your turn, Stan.
Stan Nagurski: What?
Brent Falcone: [Looking agitated] It's your turn.
Stan Nagurski: My turn, I've got seniority.
Brent Falcone: I don't give a shit.
Stan Nagurski: Ow, come on.
Brent Falcone: Get out of the car!
Stan Nagurski: What?
Brent Falcone: [looking extremely agitated] Get out of the fucking car!
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Growing Yourself
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The Stench is Ungodly
13 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

I wish there was a way to give a movie a negative number on the IMDb scale. This thing started bad and built to a crescendo of bad so immense Robby Benson has deservedly never been heard from again. I can't believe that NL would attach their name to this but after seeing some "Making of..." features about Animal House and Caddyshack I can only conclude that there were drugs involved. Lots and lots of drugs. Originally written with four parts, I can only imagine in my worst nightmares how bad the fourth part must have been to have wound up on the cutting room floor.

It isn't just bad acting and writing, it is a symphony of really bad ideas, thrown into a blender of unfunny gags, double-entendre that didn't work, obscure humor that seems like a spoof of a spoof. Well, two negatives definitely don't make a positive other than, I am positive I would rather have my doctor use a rusty implement during my next colonoscomy than to have to sit through this again. Don't think of this as a review as much as a a dire warning of impending doom if you choose to watch this thing.


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