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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)
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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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2 November 1983 (USA)  »

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National Lampoon Goes to the Movies  »

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Trivia

This was Henry Jaglom's first (and last) attempt at making a film for a major studio. See more »

Quotes

Brent Falcone: Nagurski, Stan Negurski. I'm Brent Falcone, your new partner.
Stan Nagurski: My wife divorced me, then she died. I'll tell you about it sometime.
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Spoofs The Betsy (1978) See more »

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Going To The Movies
Performed by Dr. John
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Not Funny.

This film was suppose to be the follow-up to ANIMAL HOUSE. But it sat on the shelf for a while and finally went straight to cable. As a longtime fan of National Lampoon magazine I was eager to see the film (the shelf period should have warned me). And when I finally did see it I was very disappointed. Aside for a few moments of gratuitous nudity, this film has nothing going for it at all. The 3 segments just lie there with no other purpose than to say "ha ,ha, ha isn't this funny". How they managed to get veteran actors Robert Culp and Richard Widmark to appear in this junk is beyond me. Lampoon has gone on to make other films. Some good ones (VACATION, CHRISTMAS VACATION) and some stinkers (CLASS REUNION, THE DON"S ANALYST, DAD'S WEEKEND OFF) but this film has to be the worst from a franchise that was once at the cutting edge of contemporary humor.


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