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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$63,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,405
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original title was "National Lampoon's Goes to the Movies". 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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Connections

Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »

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Going To The Movies
Performed by Dr. John
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Even by the low, low standards of the National Lampoon stable – this is rubbish.
6 May 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A spoof on the movies, that looks at a growing movie, a revenge type movie and a buddy cop movie. Usually I open a review with a plot summary – with this film it would be pointless to try and summarise the plot in a meaningful way….the writers certainly couldn't do it!

Instead of a plot or a story we have three sketches that are only notable for how unfunny they manage to be. None of them manage to get beyond their original lazy setup, often they aren't even jokes – instead we are just given the situation and expected to find it funny. I never laughed once – not even a smile…..and I was in the mood for a silly spoof! The titles reveal what to expect – a childish, crude, rude and stupid focus.

The cast contains some `names' – Robert Culp, Christopher Lloyd, Rhea Perlman, Richard Widmark and a few others, but none do well. All of hamstrung by rubbish dialogue. It's almost sad to think that they made this film, thinking audiences would be roaring with laughter!

Overall this is absolute trash, it didn't get a cinema release and to me is the definition of pointless. Even by the low, low standards of the National Lampoon stable – this is rubbish.


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