Sydney Film Festival – film #2 – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon

I didn’t grow up reading National Lampoon magazine or listening to their radio show, but after watching this documentary, maybe I should. I vaguely remember seeing the mags on the newsstand. They always seemed to be covered with boobs, so the chance are I peeked inside one at some point as a young man. Learning about their unrestrained satirical comedy made me think of Charlie Hebdo, the French magazine (which I only know from recent tragic headlines, so I may have that comparison completely fucking wrong). I know NL from their films, but there were things I learned here about Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, and Chevy Chase that I never knew before. It was like an insider’s look at a comedic Rat Pack, a time of unadulterated drugs, booze, women and comedy, when comedians lived and were treated like rock and roll stars. The documentary is good for laughs, insider secrets, shit you never knew before and some eye-popping shenanigans. If you grew up on the magazines, you’ll love it even more.

GRADE: 7.5/10

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *