Before National Lampoon became synonymous with piddling, amateurish direct-to-video trifles marketed with former Playboy models on the DVD cover, they made a couple of bona fide classic comedies (Animal House, Vacation), and before that, they made a magazine that many during its heyday considered their source for cutting edge satire. That history is now set to become a movie of its own, from documentary filmmakers Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa.

"Our goal is to tell the story of National Lampoon in a way that takes audiences back to an era with all of the laughs and tragedies that came along with it," Tirola told The Hollywood Reporter. I wouldn't consider the production of stuff like Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj a "tragedy", exactly, but I get it -- National Lampoon had its ups and downs, especially during its healthy 28-year magazine run (1970-1998). If the film is a success, maybe it will inspire the folks behind National Lampoon to re-evaluate their brand?

They've got their sights set squarely on the stereotypical frat boy demographic, almost to the complete exclusion of any other audience. There's still an audience for the kind of stuff National Lampoon used to do (just ask The Onion), and while it would be nice to see a return to form, I'm afraid the National Lampoon doc will feel more like a wake than a revival.

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