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Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

HD   R Closed Captioning

Douglas Tirola

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About the Movie

From the 1970s thru the 1990s, the hippest and most outrageous comedy in print was the National Lampoon. The groundbreaking humor magazine pushed the limits of taste and acceptability, parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle. The print publication even branched out into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and iconic movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation. The National Lampoon launched the careers of legends like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest, Gilda Radner and many more.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 55
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is uproarious, not for what its many talking heads say but for its astonishing procession of brilliant, boundary-breaching illustrations and captions ... – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Sep 24, 2015

Fresh: Douglas Tirola's doc about the satirical bible's rise and fall is fascinating, funny, smart, juvenile, tragic, and likely to offend just about everyone. It's a must-see for anyone who cares about comedy. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 25, 2015

Fresh: Pack rats of a certain generation will all but run to their attics after seeing "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead." – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Oct 2, 2015

Fresh: Energetic, laugh-stuffed and very colorful. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 22, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Hilarious, insightful doc

Don't miss this! One of the best docs I've seen in a long time

The origins of modern comedy

Fascinating, funny, smart, juvenile, tragic, and likely to offend just about everyone. It’s a must-see for anyone who cares about comedy.

Very good but not as gushing as other reviews.

There are a multitude of reasons to really like this film. It is a bastion of information on one of the most important and influential magazines in comedy. The main problem with the documentary, and this may not be the fault of the film or filmmakers, is that there are many voices from the period who are still alive that are not included. No Harold Ramis, no Bill Murray or Brian Doyle Murray. No Christopher Guest. Concentration on the sad death of Doug Kenny it drops the sad story lines of Michael O’Donoghue. It glosses over some of the more important elements of the magazines as the photoplays and never mentions the comics such as Bonnie and Trotts. Doesn’t even mention some of the more ground breaking and controversial content such as “My Penis” which was not only disturbing but satirically explored gender rolls and social norms. It neglects the overall influence the magazine and it’s endeavors had on other publications at the time. (Such as MAD trying to do their own movie Up The Academy.) No OC and Stiggs or other films influenced by the magazine.. Anyway, OK film in a feel good nostalgia sort of way but lacks the depth that fans of the magazine are looking for.

Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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