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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Riegert ... Jason Cooper ("Growing Yourself")
Diane Lane ... Liza ("Growing Yourself")
Candy Clark ... Susan Cooper ("Growing Yourself")
Teresa Ganzel ... Diana ("Growing Yourself")
Schnootie Neff Schnootie Neff ... Jennifer Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Andy Shakman Andy Shakman ... Josh Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Tamar Howard ... Judy Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Ian Fried Ian Fried ... Jeffrey Cooper - 'Growing Yourself'
Barry Michlin Barry Michlin ... Fireman - 'Growing Yourself'
Trinidad Silva ... Carlos - 'Growing Yourself'
John Lawlor ... Mr. Haggis - 'Growing Yourself'
Susan Krebs ... Lady Who Beats Her Plants - 'Growing Yourself'
Nedra Volz ... Old Lady - 'Growing Yourself'
Stanley Lawrence 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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The first movie from National Lampoon since 'Animal House'

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Samuel Starkman: [smashes front window from inside with a gun] Ya can't touch me coppas, I've got a lawyer.
Lawyer: [smashes another front window with a briefcase] I'm tired of being heckeled and harrassed by the police and I intend to sue for every nickle they've got... Take my wife, please.
Junkie: I know that guy, huh!
Lawyer: I take my wife everywhere, but she finds her way home. I ask my wife, "what do you want to do for your anniversary?" She says "I wanna go someplace I've never been before." I said "Try the kitchen."
Brent Falcone: Stan, what ...
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Connections

Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Love Me
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Deservedly an unknown movie
29 November 2005 | by world_of_weirdSee 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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