National Lampoon: A Sad Movie About a Funny Guy

Movies: ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’
Will Forte as Doug Kenney in “A Futile and Stupid Gesture”

I remember when the edict came down.

I was working at the Crown Books store in McLean, Va. In 1978, I was 16, old enough to work but not old enough to unpack certain magazines and put them on the very top rear of the rack, with pieces of brown board to obscure all but the titles of fine periodicals such as Hustler, Penthouse and Swank.

And National Lampoon.

Because, as “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” keeps reminding us, the NatLamp had [insert common slang term for breasts].

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