National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo
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Yet another mockumentary taking its cue from the tapped-out "Spinal Tap" model, "National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo" follows the exploits of a fictional Jerry Garcia-obsessed rock group in its quest to make it into the Festeroo jam-band festival.
Marking the directorial debut of Primus singer-bassist Les Claypool, the film is even less funny than it is original, even though Claypool has recruited the likes of the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phish's Mike Gordon to instill a bit of street cred.
While it's being released theatrically Nov. 9 in a couple of dozen markets (Los Angeles and New York aren't among them), the most appreciative audience for this lame National Lampoon release likely will be guys in tour buses.
Claypool, who also gets script bragging rights, plays the part of Electric Apricot drummer Lapland "Lapdog" Miclovik, who hits the road with fellow band members Steve "Aiwass" Trouzdale (Adam Gates), Steve "Gordo" Gordon" (Bryan Kehoe) and Herschel Tambor Brillstien (Jonathan Korty) in a drawn-out bid to go where Christopher Guest has successfully gone several times before them.