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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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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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Completed in 1981, the film wasn't released until two years later. See more »

Quotes

Stan Nagurski: [pulling up to the curb] How's it going girls?
Spanish Prositute - 'Municipalians': I was stabbed in the leg by an aircraft mechanic.
Stan Nagurski: I'm sorry.
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Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »

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Going To The Movies
Performed by Dr. John
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Deservedly an unknown movie
29 November 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

National Lampoon was once a funny magazine. Whether you liked the stoner hippie days of the late sixties or the smug and sassy coke-head days of the seventies (when the comedy was fortified with plenty of naked babes) depends very much on your date of birth, but everyone agrees that by the early eighties, middle age had killed off whichever remaining sparks of anarchic humour that the drugs hadn't, and offerings like this film and the increasingly terrible spin-off records shot further holes in the hull. Outside of a nicely illustrated title sequence, there's absolutely nothing to recommend this singularly depressing stinkbug. If you make it through the baffling opening segment, 'Growing Myself', hoping things will get better, tough luck - they don't. Whoever thought the idea of a woman being brutally raped with a stick of butter was comedy gold deserved to have his head handed back to him on a platter of dog mess. If there's ever a global shortage of guitar picks, the negatives of this rambling, incoherent ragbag of crummy ideas and dire performances may well serve some purpose.


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