Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015)

From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability - and then pushed them even harder.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 25, 2015
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2016
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead might not be the definitive doc National Lampoon fans are waiting for, but it's still almost as transgressively funny as the magazine in its heyday.

Brad Newsome
Sydney Morning Herald

This documentary is a stunning visual achievement, with director Douglas Tirola using perhaps thousands of images to give us a real sense of the seminal, savage American satirical magazine National Lampoon.

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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post

Tirola's documentary is brisk and entertaining, if not especially thoughtful. But then neither was the magazine, whose militant bad taste spawned "Saturday Night Live" and so much more.

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David Bax
Battleship Pretension

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is a fun sit with a group of funny people...

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Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Inquirer

What makes Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead feel particularly vibrant is how the Lampoon's specific art direction is put to use.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

We can only imagine with glee what these comic geniuses could have done with some of today's political and cultural figures.

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David Lamble
Bay Area Reporter

In this funny bio-doc, Douglas Triola traces its rollercoaster ride, detailing how some bright and twisted Ivy League grads broke all the rules of good taste and propriety...

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie is an orgy of boomer self-congratulation -- yet it lacks even that movie's ironic notation of how a bastion of white-male privilege managed to pass itself off as radical.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

A frenetic, rough-edged, unapologetic tribute to the Lampoon, featuring some amazing archival footage, nifty bits of animation and dozens of straightforward talking-head interviews that crackle and pop.

Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

This is a celebration, not an examination, and those looking for a critique of the ribald publication, radio show, off-Broadway play, and film franchise [should go] elsewhere.

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