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Stupidity

George W. Bush , Noam Chomsky , Albert Nerenberg  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George W. Bush, Noam Chomsky, John Cleese, Coolio, Drew Curtis
  • Directors: Albert Nerenberg
  • Producers: Albert Nerenberg, Jesse D. Ikeman, Shannon Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Disinformation
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1QU66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,732 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stupidity" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Albert Nerenberg
  • Extended interviews with Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher, Joel Schumacher, and others
  • Documentary Channel interview with director Albert Nerenberg

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Amusing and horrifying" -- Austin Chronicle, 2002

"Clever, hilarious, and perfectly timed." -- San Francisco Chronicle, 2002

"One of the most entertaining and compelling films of the year." -- Willamette Week, 2002

Achingly funny" -- SF Gate, 2002

Product Description

Stupidity sets out to determine whether our culture is hooked on deliberate ignorance as a strategy for success. From Adam Sandler to George W Bush, from the IQ test to TV programming, to the origins of the word moron, Stupidity examines the "dumbing down" of contemporary culture.

Featuring: Steve-O Bill Maher Noam Chomsky George W. Bush

Stupidity embarks on an exhaustive search into its meaning, and the implications of a culture that is obsessed and saturated with stupefying culture. Stupidity careens at warp speed through sound bites on topics from television news and reality shows, to internet sites and popular films.

Featuring opinions and comments from some of today's most recognizable figures, cultural critics, authors and academics, including John Cleese, Noam Chomsky, Selma Hayek, and Bill Maher, Stupidity reveals that, despite our culture's extensive access to knowledge and information, humans continue to choose stupidity.

Now you can "get stupid" in the comfort of your home with the new Stupidity DVD.

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:
- Commentary track by Director Albert Nerenberg
- Uncut and Extended interviews with Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher, Joel Schumacher, and more
- Documentary Channel interview with Albert Nerenberg

Best Documentary, Atlantic City Film Festival

Official Selection, Hot Docs & Just for Laughs Comedy Festival


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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
Format:DVD
This is a documentary on the rather nebulous topic of stupidity. It's a subject holding great promise which unfortunately this 77-minute film does not quite fulfil. The film is more a diatribe against the stupidity that has become an integral part of American culture than an indepth analysis of the subject. The interviews with thinkers, writers, and commentators, people like Noam Chomsky, Bill Maher and Avital Ronell, are reduced to short soundbites, while the rest of the film is filled with a constant stream of silly antics that sadly represent what constitutes much of American media today. The ideas put forward by the interviewees are tantalising and often fascinating but they are sadly not fleshed out. The problem begins with the very definition of stupidity. How would you define stupidity? As one interviewee, Giancarlo Livraghi, puts it, often a genius may be labelled "stupid" because his ideas are ahead of his time. Why does America venerate stupidity? Is stupidity inherent in American culture? Is it confined solely to western society? Or is it a pan-human trait? These are fascinating questions but they are not tackled in depth. Personally, I don't believe American culture is stupid per se. But it is decidedly anti-intellectual. As is much of Anglo-Saxon culture in general. I disagree with Bill Maher, who points to British media, and by extension British culture, as significantly superior to its American counterpart. From personal experience, I'd say British media can get as low-brow and stupid as the worst in America.

The film is deliberately provocative. It is left-leaning and it is unashamedly anti-Bush. It was released in 2003, undoubtedly to coincide with and perhaps even influence the presidential re-election.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright I guess.. June 28, 2007
Format:DVD
It's an okay film. Bits of it were interesting, and I generally identify with the left-of-center orientation of it, but I didn't think it was a particularly well-made film. I think my expectations were heightened by the presence of names like "Noam Chomsky" and "Bill Maher" in it, but in actuality, their comments were marginal in the film. Even the "extended interviews" weren't really all that "extended." Also, I expected better picture and sound quality than offered.

The origins of words like "idiot" and "moron" are explored; footage of drunk people acting stupid is shown; the harm our stupidity is causing to our planet is noted; the dumbing down of the public by business interests is briefly discussed; and that's it. It was somewhat entertaining, so I wouldn't call it a waste of time. But it's not a "must see" or "must own" film either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Accurate April 27, 2013
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This is a great movie about why our country is stupid. Its funny and it offers a great argument about how we got there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stupidity July 24, 2011
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Stupidityexcellent review, There are various legacies people elected to this office leave, including e.g. the 1st president, the 1st catholic president, the 1st black president. President 43 GWB has the dubious accolade of being the 1st MORON elected President of the USA.
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